The Lobster Quadrille (Original)

The Lobster Quadrille (Original)

This illustration depicts the almost "silly walks" description from Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem in Alice in Wonderland.

It appeared as one of fifteen colour illustrations and thirteen pencil drawings in the 2008 book published by Templar.  These are among Matthews' favourite examples of my own work.  He is a big "Alice" fan, having been converted at the age of six after watching Disney’s 1951 film.  John Cleese, who has purchased four originals from this series, gave the following review of the book:

"Michelangelo, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Munch, Mondrain, and Matthews. All my favourite artists begin with an 'M'.  And so, Rodney Matthews is generally acknowledged to be among the greatest artists that have ever lived.  Need I say more?  Please buy this book, and all his other works, because then my immense collection of stuff will become even more valuable.  Especially when he dies."

  • Year: 2007
  • Materials: inks on art board
  • Image size: 43.5cm x 37.5cm (17” x 14.8”)


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