Ronnie Barker celebrity portrait by Margaret Sanderson

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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.

Another great character Ronnie Barker portrayed, wasFletch, from Porridge (from which two feature length were made) and Going Straight.

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.

I’m a self-taught artist from the North of England and I like to inject a bit of humour wherever possible, whether it’s in my writing (see my poems), or my artwork.
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  • ApeArt
    ApeArtalmost 5 years ago

    love it! you’ve got him Jane

  • Thanks Jane. Glad you like it!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    I asked Arkwright for some advice for you on what to do with your portfolio to attract more attention and he said, “You sh-should j-j-jiggle it.”

    He also said, “While you’re on with it, wh-why not j-jiggle me onto the f-f—front p-page”.

  • He said that, did he? Well I m-m-might c-c-consider it!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago
    i loved brit night here on sat- on pbs-t v – i never missed-are you being served— as time goes by—and where? i am in life now—waiting for god——haha and late winters?wine-?lord the english had such a great sense of humor—
  • Well thanks very much Walt!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    I just have to comment again … that look of his – you’ve got it off perfectly – every time I open your portfolio he’s staring at me :)

  • I thought maybe he was a little bit too menacing!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    Graham Crowden in Waiting For God … I knew I’d seen Madvlad somewhere before :)

  • Now you come to mention it….yes, I can see him in Walt!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

  • Errazi-Jalal
    Errazi-Jalalover 4 years ago

    Very WELL – DESERVED, Margaret

  • Oo, what a lovely sparkling comment! Thanks Jalal!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    What an artist you are Margaret, so very clever!! Love the eyes here!! :)))

  • He was my favourite comedian in all the world! Thanks Vicki!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • Thank you Shanghaiwu!

    – Margaret Sanderson

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