“Mermaid” Subject. W. Heath Robinson.

“Mermaid” Subject.

1925. n.d. [1925].

Original watercolor with pen and ink on card, signed, 15 x 11 inches. Label on verso of “A. E. Johnson, Artists’ Agent” numbered 1669 and identifying title and artist. Very good.

§ On a beach, a rotund merman with a ginger beard and necklace of shells examines the discarded clothes of a British Tommy while a pretty mermaid peers over his shoulder; paddling in the sea some distance away, the Tommy himself looks over in astonishment. With the hand lettered caption, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.” The painting was made in May or June of 1925 for a publication unknown; a fine example of Heath Robinson’s weird and wonderful imagination. Item #108194

Price: $3,500.00

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