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FEATURED BY FINKS OF INKS GROUP – 4th July 2011

FEATURED BY LIVE LOVE DREAM GROUP – 17th November 2012

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THIS IS NOT A RECENT DRAWING

I have hesitated for a long time before uploading this old drawing I did back in 1987, but hey, he was my great grandfather and I am proud of him, even though I never met him.

William Baker was born 16th April 1844 and on 2nd May 1868 he married Elizabeth Jewels, (born 4th April 1845) at the Saville Street Primitive Methodist Church, North Shields (England, UK).

They had ten children, one of whom was my grandmother Isabella Jewels Baker, born 29th July 1884.

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    He has a great expressive face Dave, super work …

  • Thanks. He bequeathed me his beard in his will, but I trimmed it a little :)

    – BLYTHART

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 3 years ago

    i think you did a grand job on this one, Dave! People are the hardest thing for me to draw, and get them right… you have really captured him well in this pic… excellent job, my friend!!

  • Thanks. He was the first superintendent of a little Methodist Sunday School here in Blyth, back in 1899. He has descendants in UK, Canada and USA.

    – BLYTHART

  • Jack McCabe
    Jack McCabeover 3 years ago

    And most likely a good likeness. Your techniques have developed considerably over time too.

  • Thanks Jack. I enjoy hatching, but have only returned to it recently. This is an earlier example.

    – BLYTHART

  • GEORGE SANDERSON
    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    You have every right to be proud Dave, it’s a great portrait and he looks like a fine upstand citizen !!!

  • Thanks – from all accounts he was.

    – BLYTHART

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    I think this is wonderful Dave. I think everyone has someone to be proud of and some bit history too. Even if they haven’t discovered it yet. :o)

  • Thanks. I love doing genealogy. I have traced some branches of my family back to the 1600s.

    – BLYTHART

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 3 years ago

    Great work Dave.

  • You can’t begin to imagine how pleased I am Jacqui – on Sunday I uploaded this and no-one Favourited it. On Monday I uploaded my Acton Gates drawing and it was Favourited eight times and even Featured. So thanks Jacqui – I put an awful lot of hard work into this drawing, because I find portraits difficult.

    – BLYTHART

  • Harry Purves
    Harry Purvesover 3 years ago

    Great work, terrific image of your Grandfather Dave! Plenty of light and shade bringing out the folds in his jacket and a 3D impression of him.

    It reminds me of some of the illustrations in the text books at school, same style I mean. You even look a bit like him. But 10 kids, he must have had a lot of time on his hands. LOL :)

  • Thanks for the comment Harry. Re ten kids. There was no TV in those days and a chap had to have a hobby :) My great great grandfather’s wife had fourteen children; most survived too. My great aunt had eleven.

    – BLYTHART

  • Harry Purves
    Harry Purvesover 3 years ago

    Goodness! So you have an “L” of a lots of relatives Dave. I’m an only child, my mum is one of 3, my dad is one of 3, but my grandparents – well that’s a whole different era and story.
    Still, being an only child makes me unique doesn’t it? The world was not ready for more than one of me! Hee hee!

  • I have my immediate family (wife and two kids) and a brother – full stop. No full cousins. My dad was an only child and my mother’s only sister never married.

    – BLYTHART

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    A beautifully sensitive portrait of your great grandfather Dave…wonderful detail and line work. I’m not sure why but it is reminiscent to me of a Van gogh portrait…..the movement of the lines i think…wonderful work.

  • Oh Lisa, you are such a sweet person. You did this just because I was bewailing the fact it had so few favourites. You have made an old man very happy … and I don’t mean my great grandfather :)

    – BLYTHART

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 2 years ago


    11/17/12

  • many thanks …. my great grandfather would have been proud to see this feature.

    – BLYTHART

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