W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm
Artemis waking the Sun every morning at 4am on our smallholding in Tarlton, South Africa (or so all our other farm animals believe!)
“Chanticleer is a proud rooster whose singing wakes the sun every morning (or so the other farm animals believe). His singing keeps the other animals happy and the farm free from downpours. However, one morning, Chanticleer is attacked by a rooster sent by the “Grand Duke of Owls”. Chanticleer wins, but forgets to crow and the sun rises without his singing (it is not greatly hinted, but it is believed the Duke raised the sun with his powers as a means to help his plans of getting rid of Chanticleer). The other animals reject him and drive him out of the farm, causing a perpetual rainstorm and the beginning of the Grand Duke’s reign of terror on the farm."
- From Edmond Rostand’s comedy, Chantecler