THE DUSTMAN

The Dustman
The Dustman

THE DUSTMAN

Pen and ink, framed
Signed, inscribed and dated 1926
33.50 x 23.50cm (13.19 x 9.25 inches)
Stock Code: 1703
£300.00

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Generally I rather dread
The hour for going up to bed
But sometimes, when it’s getting late
And I am tired of my drawing slate,
And the light –
Seems too bright,
And my eyes are pricking
And getting red,
And – my – head
Is heavy as lead –
Then I know it is time for bed!
No matter what the clock may say
I know its time to end the day.

So up to curtain’d room I go
Where night-lights always burned low
Then, after all my prayers are said
And I think of pillows round my head

I give a most e-nor-mous yawn
And jump into bed until the dawn!

Frank Henry Watkins was born in Lambeth, London and was the son of a bank clerk. He worked as a children’s book and comic illustrator in the early 20th century, drawing for many children’s stories including Dolly Twoshoes (1901); The Wonder and Dolly Daydream (1902); Illustrated Chips and Dick and Daisy (1919-1921) and also for Merry Moments. He provided book illustrations for The Man From the Moon by Philip Carmichael (1909); The Sun’s Babies by Edith Howes (1910); The King Who Never Died: Tales of King Arthur by Dorothy Senior (1910) and Fairy Rings by Edith Howes (1911). In the 1920s he contributed as a writer and illustrator to a large number of Blackie’s special publications for children including My Own Big Book, My Own Picture Story Book, The Rainy Day Book and others. Watkins lived at 64 Waldegrave Park, Twickenham.

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