"you say he was painting" [RETI]
Peter Cushing, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the big and small screens, was best known for his acting abilities. Indeed, a certain generation probably grew up knowing him best as Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars movie. But to those who knew the man more intimately or who followed his off-stage persona, he was also a talented watercolor artist.
Earlier this week, 25 lots of his paintings were auctioned off in Kent. You may know that Pilgrims Hospice in Kent, where Cushing died, had been selling calendars featuring his watercolors. Thirteen of those paintings were included in the auction, which raised £25,000.
We don't know if the calendars are still available. You might try getting in touch with Pilgrims at:
Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0NE
For general fundraising enquiries please telephone +44 01233 504102 or 504111
Fax number +44 01233 504136 or email Susan Booth at Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford
In the meantime, here are some scans of the artwork, courtesy of Hammer & Beyond.
Another point about Cushing - he played Dr. Who in a movie back in the 60's
It's a small world! I am a great fan of your podcast and the owner of the Hammer and Beyond blog. I only now noticed that some of the stuff I posted ended up helpful for you. Keep up the great work with your tremendous postcast. I'll definitely be reading this blog regularly now as well.
John - there are a number of Dr. Who / Sherlock Holmes connections. Thanks for the reminder about Cushing.
Holger - thanks for joining me here as well. Glad you like the podcast too. And keep up the great work on your Hammer blog!
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