JOHN BURNINGHAM (B. 1936)
'CANNONBALL SIMP': SIMP WAS WHAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD CALL AN UGLY LITTLE DOG
Mixed media on paper, with sketch verso of black dogs, framed, signed on label verso
24cm x 38cm (9.5in x 15in) Estimate £ 1,200-1,800 + fees Note: The original illustration for 'Cannonball Simp', first published by Jonathan Cape, London, 1966.
Simp was inspired by Burningham's wife's dog Lulu, a black Belgian barge dog who she found abandoned in a stairwell in Israel and brought back by boat to Marseilles. "She did get very fat and round in old age" comments John "which I suppose is where the suggestion of a cannonball came".
Sold for £5,000
(buyer's premium included)