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The Ladle of Shallot


Small (16.4" x 21.7")

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Sizing Information

Small 16.4" x 21.7"
Medium 23.4" x 30.9"
Large 33.2" x 43.7"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame


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Home Decor



Artist's Description

The inspiration for Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s epic poem. A true story.

He was working as a prep laddie in Wee Shuggie’s Diner, Cambridge, to help pay for his tuition and was prone to daydreaming of far-off times and places. During one busy dinner time, whilst mentally composing a poem about Arthur, Lancelot and co., he was so distracted thinking up a title that he’d forgotten to chop the onions. When Wee Shuggie cried, “Gie’s a cup o’ yon choppit onions, Alfie!” He replied, “Ach, Ah huvnae goat ony, Wee Shug, but Ah dae have they wee broon thingies here. Nae cup, either, jist this muckle spoon.” “Aye, well, Ah dinnae huv aw knight tae muck aboot. They’ll huv tae dae. Pass us the ladle of shallot, then, ye useless article! Yer aboot the same calibre as mah ex. Worst gal Ah had.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

The technical bits:

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 17 mm
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F11.0, -1.0 ev, 4 second exposure

Location – the kitchen countertop

Backdrop – the old faithful piece of ratty black velvet. Can’t remember where I found it.

Stand – small wineglass under same.

Lighting – 2 “energy saver” light bulbs in the ceiling fixture.

Props – Old Lagostina stainless steel ladle (yard sale – 50 cents), small bag of shallots from “Your Independent Grocer” – $1.99

As you can see, no expense spared.

August 26, 2010.

960 views as of 8/19/11

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