The late comedian Ronnie Barker is best known for his half of the double act ‘The two Ronnies’. As an actor, he played memorable characters such as Albert Arkwright (depicted in the illustration) from Open all Hours: a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for being able to sell anything to any buyer, no matter how unwilling.
His nephew Granville (David Jason), is his put-upon errand boy, whose attempts at a love-life or even just a meaningful social life fall flat. He blames his uncle in particular that he has to be up early to open the shop, stay up late to close it with only an odd hour of free time and deliver large numbers of goods on a battered bicycle. Almost every mistake Arkwright makes is followed by a cry of “Gr-Granville! F-fetch yer cloth!”. Granville was orphaned at an early age when Arkwright’s sister died, leaving Arkwright to raise the boy. A recurring joke revolves around Arkwright’s speculation that Granville’s father, his identity and whereabouts unknown, was Hungarian — an issue never resolved. Granville’s intellectual and emotional nature frustrates Arkwright, who wants his sole heir to develop an avaricious nature akin to his own.
Ronnie was a brilliant comedy writer whose’ Fork handles’ sketch will be embedded in public minds forever.
Portrait completed in charcoal and pastels on A2 smooth surface 200 gsm paper card 42cmsx60cms approx.