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Richard Hook
Old Mother Shipton (Original) (Signed)

Old Mother Shipton (Original) (Signed) by Richard Hook at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: HookShiptonLL (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Richard Hook (biography)
Medium: Gouache on Board
Size: 11" x 14" (280mm x 360mm)
Date: 1971
Signature: Signed by Artist lower right

This is the Signed original Gouache painting by Richard Hook.

The Devil's Child. Mother Shipton welcomes three guests. The three men were messengers from Cardinal Wolsey who, feeling that Henry VII was turning against him had set off for York. Mother Shipton had supposedly prophesised that he would not reach the city. He was in fact stopped six miles short by Lord Northampton and died while being escorted back to London.

The feature goes on to tell how later forgers added to her prophesies to suit the own ends. This is a marvellous painting by Richard Hook with the contrasting features of the three visitors, the old lady and indeed he well-groomed cat.

Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 521 (8 January 1972).


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Richard Hook

Richard Hook