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Mike Williams (b.1940) - 20th Century Pen and Ink Drawing, A Terrific Swimmer



A humorous illustration from prolific English artist Mike Williams. Here the artist takes a dark twist on the classic fairy-tale 'The Princess and the Frog'. Inscription below the illustration reads 'it's such a pity because as a frog he was a really terrific swimmer'. Williams has used black ink with wash and touches of white gouache to create the rippling pond water. Well presented in a cream card mount and simple black frame. Signed. On wove.


There is some minor discolouration to the paper and very mild foxing. A small 3cm tear is just visible to the left hand side.


21.5 x 26.1cm (8.5" x 10.3")
Framed Size: 34.5 x 37.9cm (13.6" x 14.9")

Artist Biography

Michael Charles Williams was born in 1940 and has been working as an artist since the age of 17. Williams was self-taught and started his career in Henry Pybus and Littlewoods commercial art studio in 1957. His first cartoon was published in Punch in 1967, and since then Mike Williams has contributed regularly to many a magazine. He has a particular interest in comic representations of animal life, calling this his ‘Animalia’.

His successful art career has seen him become a renowned cartoonist recognised throughout the world. His characteristic jokes have appeared in many major national and international magazines, including Private Eye, The Spectator, The Oldie and Playboy, and a number of national newspapers, such as The Times and the Sun, as well as deputising for Jak in the Mail on Sunday. In 1997, he briefly became Cartoon Editor of Punch.

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Code kk644
Artist Mike Williams (b.1940)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 21.5 x 26.1cm
Medium Pen and Ink
Style Illustration Art
Subject Illustration
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