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Old Father Thames - a painting of the River God

Old Father Thames - a painting of the River God

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Old Father Thames is a painting about nature, history, culture, folklore and folk memory.

Old Father Thames is a river god, the deity whom every person is England should worship. Why? Because for two millennia, the river Thames has been central to the development of the English nation. It flows through every vein of our history, culture and daily lives.

  • An original painting in watercolour, size 730mm x 520mm on 600gsm cotton rag paper
  • A2 size signed poster prints - coming soon! You can pre-order your copy on this page.
  • Digital file for you to make a single print at a format and size of your choice
  • Greetings cards are coming soon, and tea towels will be available in July, but you can pre-order yours now.

My painting considers the gifts that Old Father Thames brings

A reliable water supply, habitats for the wild creatures, and a place for humans to thrive. The river Thames has been a vital trade route for centuries. It’s a place for leisure - swimming, fishing, and boating. It’s at the centre of our history, and appears in some of our best-loved literature. Old Father Thames should be nurtured, cherished and profoundly respected!

Birds not turds, fish not filth

But the river Thames is being used as an open sewer, and the powers-that-be ignore this stinking reality. And it’s not just the Thames and its tributaries that are suffering this disgusting horror. It’s every UK waterway. Are you as hopping mad about this as I am?

It requires it political will to fix it. Politicians! Get your sh1t together and fix it urgently!

My painting is a reminder of how Old Father Thames should be. A healthy living space for all, a place of joy and wonder.

READ MORE about this painting in my blog.

Shipping and delivery

This website takes orders from UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

If you are not in these countries and you would like to make a purchase, please get in touch with me directly.

Posting your order

Typically, orders for physical products placed after 12pm on Friday, and on Saturday or Sunday will not be posted until Monday at the earliest. I use Royal Mail to dispatch your order.

If you have ordered multiple items, I will try to post everything together. Occasionally, this is not possible, in which case they will be dispatched in separate packages.

Digital files will typically be transferred to customers within 24 hours via email using WeTransfer, the file transfer website.

Buying an original painting? Please choose the tracked option!

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