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Anicurio #6 (Toad)© - Pencil Illustration
Anicurio #6 (Toad)© - Pencil Illustration

Anicurio #6 (Toad)© - Pencil Illustration

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A self-made toad.

Howard Brindley III was Born in 1902 in Preston, Lancashire, England. He was a 'self-made toad' and started out his life in humble means as a 'rag and bone' toad. Back then, the clip-clop of a tired horse walking up the cobbled streets of England was a familiar sound. And when you heard the unmistakable singing cry of 'Reeeaaaag boooone', you would know that Howard had arrived with his cart. People would rush out to dump their unwanted items into his dilapidated old cart, and his trusty cart horse would take it away for him to resell elsewhere. It's admirable how Howard turned a long-forgotten trade into a successful business!

 Have you ever heard of the old British saying, "Where there's muck, there's brass?" It means that if you're willing to get your hands dirty, there's a lot of money to make. These words were literally the foundation upon which Brindley built his empire.

 He rose from that rag-and-bone cart trade to investing in rundown houses, transforming them into stunning properties that would sell for a handsome profit.

  Imagine rising through the social ranks faster than you ever thought possible. Finally, be able to afford your dream home, Bingley Manor, and live like a true Lord. You'd expect your social peers to welcome you with open arms, but what if they didn't? What if, despite your financial success, you were still seen as a "rag and bone" toad by the gentry neighbors and social elite? That's precisely the situation Brindley found himself in.

  Eventually, Brindley simply had enough of all the pompousness and snobbery around him. He realized that if he couldn't fit in, he might as well accept his roots and embrace his old friends from the past. So, he threw a grand ball and invited all his former mates to Brindley Manor – otters, badgers, squirrels, beavers, and even mice. The manor was abuzz with life as they all caught up and reminisced about old times. And finally, Brindley found true happiness, knowing that his peace of mind lay not in his social status but in the quality of his friends.

Available as:

Paper Print (Matte finish - Signed) 9.75H inch x 10.75W inch - $30.00

Paper Print (Matte finish - Signed): 11" x 12" (signed) $49.00

ORIGINAL: Pencil illustration on paper. Image size: 7" x 8". Framed size: 11" x 12" Graphite and charcoal on paper.  - $925.00

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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 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.