Death of Cock robin web

‘The Death of Cock Robin’

Pencil on paper 2014

Showing at The Beaney, Canterbury, Kent. As part of ‘ Trouble and Strife’, 18th January- 2nd March, 2014.

Manet’s ‘The Execution of Maximilian’ and John Opie’s ‘Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral’ are both dramatic paintings representing the tragic culmination of political power struggles. To complement their exhibition the Front Room will be displaying selected 2D artwork by talented Kent-based artists that have used similar themes of struggle and conflict in their work.

Inspired by this poem;

“Who killed Cock Robin?
I, said the Sparrow,
with my bow and arrow,
I killed Cock Robin.
Who saw him die?
I, said the Fly,
with my little eye,
I saw him die. “

The poem ends with…

“All the birds of the air
fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
when they heard the bell toll
for poor Cock Robin.”