Graham Twyford - Lakeland Artist

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Watercolour. A christmas card design for Raphael Tuck. Until research was underway for this illustration I had little idea of the ongoing debate regarding how many Lords a leaping, Pipers piping or Maids a milking there should be in the popular Christmas song. A decision had to be taken and I hope you can agree. I remember becoming very absorbed with the stop motion effect in my Leaping Lords, and though I say it, I think I pulled it off. They may have worked slightly better if they had leaped from left to right as the illusion of speed works better in that direction. I think these chaps went to school with Tom Brown, though now they are clearly the best of friends.