A watercolour featuring a quote from the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville: “Heaved and still unrestingly heaved the black sea”. It doesn’t end well for Captain Ahab – and that’s the point of the story. As well as the white whale, also pictured is Ahab’s ship The Pequod and an albatross, the spirit of dead sailors.
When you visit the University of Oxford’s Natural History Museum its a job to know where to look - at the marvellous exhibits? Or at the magnificent architecture? In this painting you'll spot a dodo, some dinosaur footprints, the swifts that nest in the tower, a dinosaur skeleton and so much more! My favourite bit is the frog in the jar. What's your's? The title comes from Charles Darwin's book 'The Origin of Species' in which he wrote of his theory of evolution by natural selection: "There is grandeur in this view of life..." The print is last one of a limited edition (of 4) hand-made drypoint tinted with watercolour - 450mm x 700mm.