Humpty Dumpty goes to New York

I’ve had a few commissions that have kept me busy recently, amongst them a rather interesting illustration project. The Elephant Family is famous for parading large herds of colourful painted elephants across London and in recent years has taken over London with hundreds of colourful Easter eggs to raise money for good causes. Two years ago I decorated an egg that took pride of place outside the Fabergé headquarters.  This year The Big Egg Hunt has taken over New York in association with the ‘Studio in a School’ project, and I was delighted to be asked to paint a traditional Humpty Dumpty character which was signed by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. I only had a few days to paint this lovely large egg before he was swaddled in bubble wrap and dispatched to Clarence House to be signed, and then sent on a plane to the USA. All of the eggs are currently for auction online and will feature in a live auction on Tuesday 22nd April. Good luck to all the eggs and here’s hoping they raise lots of cash for some great charities!

Here is Humpty, freshly-painted at home…


And below is his final location at the Rockefeller Centre in New York! I’m sad to not be there in person to see him, but here is a picture that I have borrowed from  The Only Living Girl in New York’s blog, where you can read about the eggs she has found!