This charcoal portrait by the artist “Brother Savage” John Worsley was given to my father at the annual dinner held at the Savage Club in November 1975. My father was the guest of honour, no doubt in recognition of the spectacular resolution of the Spaghetti House siege but also because of his bravery in challenging the status quo whenever it became stuck! John Worsley was a renowned war artist who became the official police artist at New Scotland Yard during the 1960s-70s. His sketches of faces recalled by victims of criminal acts were said to be far more life like than police photo-fits. He was described in his obituary in the Daily Telegraph as an amusing and entertaining man with an enquiring mind, qualities that applied to my father as well. The portrait shows the observant, reflective qualities in my father’s character that enabled him to “face up” [very apt in a portrait!] and look deeply into his mind.
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|11 – THE GRAND ORDER OF WATER RATS|
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