It’s been a privilege collaborating with the Edward Ardizzone Estate, bringing a collection of prints from the iconic Adventures of Tim series to life for the very first time. It was a childhood edition of the series, belonging to one of our founders, which inspired the creation of Ralph & James.es.
In The Brave Sea Captain, Tim stows away on a steamer, despite his parents forbidding it, to realise his dream of life on the high seas. One day a terrible storm hits the ship and soon little Tim and the Captain are the last men standing aboard the sinking vessel. Will help arrive in time?
Edward Ardizzone’s much loved Adventures of Tim series invites young readers into a daring world of adventure, questionable parenting, and brave children whose resourcefulness enables them to elude great danger. We meet the heroic but endearingly modest Little Tim, mischievous Ginger, resourceful Charlotte and the Wise Old Boatman, all of whom inhabit the boats and seascapes beautifully captured by Ardizzone’s pen, black ink and watercolour. Ardizzone’s art, evocative of childhood adventure, makes beautiful framed prints for children’s bedrooms or nurseries.
Edward Ardizzone (1900 – 1979) was born in French-Indochina, moving at the age of five to England, travelling by sea with his mother and siblings. Growing up in Ipswich, a busy seaport town, allowed young Ardizzone and his cousin Arthur to spend many hours roaming the docks and exploring the holds of small coastal steamers and barges.
After giving up work as a clerk, where he ‘doodled a lot on his blotter,’ Ardizzone pursued a hugely successful career as an artist. Ardizzone was a painter, print-maker and war artist, and the author and illustrator of books, many of them for children. Ardizzone was appointed a CBE (1971) and a senior member of the Royal Academy of Arts (1975).
Ardizzone preferred sketching the whole human figure and believed the “back view” of his protagonists revealed more about character than their faces, achieving movement and tone through intricate cross-hatch patterns and pen strokes.
The Adventures of Tim series, comprising ten titles written over three decades, was inspired by the stories Ardizzone would tell his two small children, beginning with The Brave Sea Captain (1936). Tim All Alone (1956) was awarded the first Kate Greenaway medal - England’s most prestigious award for illustration.
THE PRINT AND FRAME
The print is framed by hand in Cambridgeshire in the UK, using only European sourced PEFC™ and FSC approved woods. Frames are Fine Art Trade Guild accredited which means they meet strict conservation standards and are built to last for generations to come.
We use Clarity+ glazing which is a high-quality acrylic glass alternative, offering high UV resistance which doesn't yellow over time, is not easily scratched and is safe for use in children's bedrooms.
Your framed print will arrive with D-rings and cord already attached, ready to hang right out of the box.
Including the frame, with mount, the large framed print is 75cm wide and 46cm high.
The large print itself is 63cm wide and 35cm high.
All dimensions are approximate.