Farewell Tommy - Reproduction Giclee Print A4

45 GBP

A limited edition A4 Reproduction giclee print of an original painting  Farewell Tommy  by Cathy Read. The print is signed and numbered, with a white mount and includes a certificate of authenticity.


About the image:

All artists steal ideas?

Or, as Picasso himself said,"Good Art is borrowed, great art is stolen" or so the line goes.

If this were a record it would be a cover.

The imagery is not my original idea in that the sculpture has existed and was created some time ago, but I see something else.

Titled the 'The Meeting Place' it's a 9m high bronze sculpture of a couple embracing and was created by sculptor Paul Day. The couple stand underneath the famous  St Pancras clock at the apex of the great arch of the Barlow shed. Around the base is a sculptured frieze of quite striking composition. 

Whilst taking photographs for a commission in 2014, I took some of this sculpture. At the time World War 1 was frequently in the news due to the Centenary. On seeing the couple something about it made me immediately think of a Tommy heading off to war. Whether it was the bronze reminding me of the uniform I'm not sure but...

I couldn't get the idea out of my head.

In fact I thought that's what they were until I looked it up for this post. The image of two lovers embracing as one heads off to war is a pointient reminder of so many willing to sacrifice all for love. Whether voluntarily or due to conscription.

These people were prepared to risk it all for the sake of those they loved.

So, I'm calling it Farewell Tommy as I originally intended. I may be wrong but that's artistic license for you. It may be a bittersweet moment of parting or the moment of reunion, but whatever it is a couple's embrace is an elegant symbol of love for Valentine's day.

What do you think is it hello or Farewell Tommy?


The original picture is painted onwatercolour paper. The image is created with masking fluid before painting it with watercolour wash covered with clingfilm. Once the clingfilm is removed, the picture is further developed in layers using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.

This is a giclee print copy on A4 watercolour paper.

Edition size 150