Ungrateful wretch, I know. But I enjoy this gallery's choice of online art, and I really, really, really want someone to buy me these pictures. They are probably sold already, so lucky fellow whomsoever bought them. Oh Abbott & Holder, I surfed into your website a few years ago chasing a link to Edward Ardizzone (now there's an illustrator way out of my reach). I have day dreamed over your lists ever since.
But this trio by Anthony Baynes caught my heart completely.
These pictures remind me of John Minton's illustrations in Elizabeth David's French Country Cooking. I received a beautiful, brand spanking new edition of Elizabeth David Classics a couple of Christmases ago, and decided that I was now old enough to colour in the illustrations if I wanted. So one dreary January afternoon I nipped up to the west-facing study and found my drawing pens. A cup of tea within reach, I sat at my desk and coloured in Minton's line drawings of platters introducing "Substantial Dishes", from A Book of Mediterranean Food. Then the tent; then the camels. After that I lost track of time until the skies had darkened and my tea was long cold, and my brand spanking new cookbook shone with colour.
But oh, how I want, want, want these three pictures...