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Anicurio #31 © (Two Raccoons) - Pencil drawing

Anicurio #31 © (Two Raccoons) - Pencil drawing

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Two Raccoons go on holiday.

Mary Biddleton and Benny Harlow met after finding themselves sharing a small corner in a crowded Staffordshire pub in 1922. They hit it off immediately and vowed to stay in touch.

Mary lived at home with her parents in a small, rural village called Biddulph. I know it sounds rather like a cliche, but according to Mary's parents, Benny was from the 'wrong side of the tracks.' He lived in Penkhull. This was deep in the heart of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, England.

 Their courtship was considered a step down for Mary's parents. Benny worked for a small local print shop, and Mary was a trainee nurse. They would typically only have a few hours together each week. This was when Mary's parents visited the town of Stoke to see a cousin of theirs. They would let Mary spend only 45 minutes with Benny unaccompanied. So the two of them would trundle off to the pub together. Sitting with all of Benny's friends. At first, she was a little shy and unused to the bawdier life of Stokes' working-class pubs. But Mary was soon accepted into his circle. , She was popular and friendly. And welcomed with open arms by all.

This picture shows Mary and Benny on their first holiday together. It was a weekend trip to Wales. It didn't go quite as well as expected. They had no money to spend and had to sleep in Benny's little car. It also rained constantly. You can see Mary trying to put a brave face on things here, but Benny wishes he was back in his local pub with his rowdy raccoon mates.


Illustrated in the style of a vintage Edwardian or Victorian photograph. This image is part of my 'Anicurio' collection. Each original illustration is carefully hand drawn in pencil. Once finished, I often hand age and treat them with various dye methods, to resemble an old dusty antique photograph. I want this series to suggest something that was rediscovered by you. An inherited artifact from a mysterious benefactor? Or perhaps revealed in a long abandoned attic, lying at the bottom of a chest. Buried beneath old dusty clothes and fading hand written notes.

Paper print (Matte finish - Signed): 8.5" X 11" - $30.00

Paper print (Matte finish - Signed): 13W" x 11H" - $49.00

The ORIGINAL: Pencil illustration on paper.  - SOLD

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