Today, January 26, is Australia Day.
A day that Aussies the world over celebrate the arrival of the Brits at Sydney Cove in 1788. It’s an opportunity to get together with family, head outdoors, and, of course, enjoy a barbecue.
And it’s an opportunity for me to tell you about a wonderful sketch we have by that much loved Australian, Rolf Harris.
Harris is one of that unique breed of Australians who are as popular in the UK as they are in their own country (along with Harold Bishop, Rupert Murdoch, and the Minogue sisters).
First coming to prominence for his twee songs, often incorporating his infamous wobble board, Rolf is much loved by many of a certain age for his cartoon programmes on British television during the 1980s and 1990s.
Harris’ work, whether cartons or more serious pieces, are in great demand.
His Blue Elvis work sold for £44,000 in 2006, while in 2005 he painted an official portrait of the Queen.
We have a superb Harris cartoon depicting an angry dog and a character from one of Harris’ most famous songs, Jake the Peg.
Celebrate Australia Day with Jake the Peg
Harris would perform the song, about a three-legged man, with a prop leg which he would employ under a long coat.
This excellent condition piece has been signed by Harris, and could make a superb investment item in years to come, such is Harris’ enduring popularity with the public.
And if Rolf isn’t your bag, how about an original sketch by Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame?
Our experts have obtained a huge sketch of Snoopy lying on top of his kennel. Schulz produced the 23″ x 31″ piece in the presence of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society on April 26, 1977.