Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, OBE (4 February 1915 – 4 October 2010) was an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor best known for a series of comedy films produced between 1953 and 1966 featuring his hapless onscreen character Norman Pitkin. These films initially made more money than the James Bond film series, and secured Wisdom a celebrity status in lands as far apart as South America, Iran and many Eastern Bloc countries.
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Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Board extra smooth surface, 300gsm,16 × 12 inches.

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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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Robyn!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    OOH, Mr Grimshaw !!!
    this is brilliant Margaret !!
    i can still laugh at his antics in those old films !

  • Me too George. I have a great affection for Norman. Thanks for the favouriting.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    He worked in TV right up until the end in “Last of the summer wines” Excellent portrait Margaret.
    Cheers Neil

  • Some people forget that he was a serious actor too. I remember he had me in tears with a character he played on Casualty a few years ago. Thanks Neil.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 4 years ago

    This is incredible! I wish I could do this kind of work in coloured pencil.

  • Thanks Dianne. I hope the weather improves for you soon. It must be so frustrating not being able to go where you’d like. Happy New Year to you.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Gary Fernandez
    Gary Fernandezabout 4 years ago

    Nice work Margaret: I remember his films when I was younger, very much younger, especially the Norman Pitkin series with my favourite being the one where he was a milkman.

  • ‘The Early Bird’ was Norman’s first colour film in which he plays a milkman who is trying to protect Grimsdale’s dairy against the advances of bigger businesses. His small stature makes the stand off against his bigger rival all the funnier. Thanks Gary.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • neogolas
    neogolasabout 4 years ago

    A unique touch with great emotion.

  • Thanks very much Neogolas!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    a beautiful tribute to a true legend

  • Thanks very much Wandering Boo!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work of fine art :o)

  • Thanks very much Robin!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • ukmodels
    ukmodelsabout 4 years ago

    cool design…i like Norman and Benny Hill two great british comedians… thanks ian )

  • You have to be of a certain age to know these comedians! Thank you so much!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • patjila
    patjilaabout 4 years ago

    Love you style so authentic great portrait of a great comedian with lots of emotions in it.

  • Thank you Patjila!

    – Margaret Sanderson

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