Watercolour and ink. From Ardizzone’s classic picture book Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, 1955.
‘Oi’, said the sailor. ‘What are you doing here? Come along with me, my lad, the captain will have something to say to you’.
So begins the story of Tim’s life as a stowaway, the tale of a boy’s desire, despite parental prohibition, for adventure on the high seas. Adventure he finds, but little does he expect the storm, or the sinking ship….
The print, with Tim and the boatman heading for the steamer, depicts a happy calm before the storm.