Rifling through the Ashley Archive for something Eastery I came across this illustration from an ad. for ICI Terylene Fillings for duvets. OK it's not very religious, but it is thought-provoking and there are chicks coming out of eggs. Religion does come into it a bit, because if you were a graphic designer with a complete set of Magic Markers in the seventies, then you worshipped at the shrine of the master illustrator Tony Meeuwissen (pronounced May-verson). We used him at Wolff Olins for McVitie's biscuits packaging, and he painted Michael Wolff's back garden gate with a fox asleep under a moonlit sky. Many will remember his superb Penguin book jackets - particularly for Billy Liar, (Gerry Barney in our studio had much to do with the artwork), but it was with illustration that Tony made our jaws drop open with disbelief at the meticulous nature of his impossibly painstaking work. You will probably have also licked the backside of a Meeuwissen Royal Mail stamp, and I show the duck picture here to bring seasonal greetings to fellow bloggers and commentators. Click on the image and just revel in all the duck and water details. On top of it all he's cheekily put his own book The Witch's Hat on the windowsill, and the tapir trademark he did for his agent in a frame up on the dragonfly-wallpapered wall. Happy Easter.
I am a writer and photographer who spends all his time looking at England, particularly buildings and the countryside. But I have a leaning towards the slightly odd and neglected, the unsung elements that make England such an interesting place to live in. I am the author and photographer of over 25 books, in particular Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2006), More from Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2007), Cross Country (Wiley 2011), The Cigarette Papers (Frances Lincoln 2012) and Preposterous Erections (Frances Lincoln 2012)