Lansdowne, Australia

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Calligraphy on calfskin vellum 1986
83 × 81cm
Pen & ink, Quillpen, Watercolour inks.
Not For Sale.

This piece of artwork is one of a kind, that took me a few months to complete.
I created it from the original picture of the Jabberwocky & the poem written by Lewis Carroll, in his book “THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” (author of “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”.) Having studied Calligraphy many years ago I decided to create this special piece of one of my favourite poems, read many times since I was a child.

Some of the poem was written with a quill pen I made from a goose feather & some of it with pen & nib. Around the edge of the skin I have rendered the entire poem in a rune- like alphabet, which you may be able to read if you look closely.

Since the beginning of Christianity parchment (the skins of calf & sheep) had
steadily displaced the use of papyrus as a writing material in the West. Due to the fact that the strong, thin & flexible membranes were ideal combined with the quill pen, this was the start of the first books written by the monks & scribes
in the Dark Ages. (“The Book of Kells” emerged during this era 700 AD – an amazing manuscript on vellum in Irish half-uncial script.)

Vellum is an expensive material & can be purchased from specialists. The
hide is soaked in lime, then scraped & stretched tightly over a frame, covered with chalk to remove excess fats & allowed to dry. After further scraping with a moon-shaped blade, the skin is then removed & cut to size. Both sides can be used for writing: the surface is velvety & ideally suited for pen work.

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