Here is a selection of artistic projects which I have undertaken over the years, some in the way of business, some for family reasons or for my own amusement.
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Below right An illustration to Lord of the Rings; on their way southwards to the Crossroads, the hobbits look out over the lowlands of Gondor.
Below Part of a map of the Roman Empire in the reign of Diocletian (circa A.D. 300), drawn in the style of the late 16th century, which I added to my copy of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (as I write [October 2004] I am reading this seven-volume work from beginning to end for the seventeenth time).
Left This invitation was designed in 1998 for the wedding of the late Fred Dibnah, British television personality and enthusiast for 19th-century industry and technology. Mr. Dibnah was originally a steeplejack (demolition expert) - hence the chimney and the scaffolding - and presided over the family firm in Bolton, Lancashire, whose Town Hall clock-tower is shown (by special request) on the cover. The stationery was printed in Bordeaux Red ink on recycled silk ivory material.
Below right Hand-illuminated title-page, in Italian
Renaissance style, for a testimonial book presented
to the retiring Secretary of the Council for Christians
and Jews, a national organisation for promoting
friendship between the two faiths. The inscription
at the top, in Hebrew and Latin, reads ‘Behold, how
good and sweet it is for brothers to sit together in
Below Three designs for tarot cards: Strength, The Moon and The World. The Latin verse inscriptions are my own.
Finally, and altogether irrelevantly (I have got nowhere else to place it), I am using this space to upload a database (in PDF form) dealing with pocket-watches made by the Liverpool firm of Joseph Johnson which operated between about 1800 and 1870. I have a long-standing fondness for antique watches, especially English ones, and I own three Johnson watches, two from the early 1820s and the third from some fifteen years later.The database consists of thirteen
pages and gives details of 175 watches or watch movements.
Joseph Johnson database
I am now also using this section for some hobbies and interests of my own. Click here (bottom of this page) for some notes on 19th-century pocket-watches. A further page, under construction, will document my experiments in making recordings on cylinder phonographs dating from the 1900s.