Artwork of a comic genius

Dr Sparrow painting
Dr Sparrow painting

A forgotten comic genius has been given a one man show at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery this September.

The comic artist and illustrator Dr Sparrow pursued his hobby while serving the residents of Horsham through most of the 20th century.

A piece of at in the Sparrow exhibition

A piece of at in the Sparrow exhibition

His importance on the national scene was recognised in 2001 when Horsham Museum obtained a grant from the V&A Purchase Grant fund to buy some of his original artwork.

Eleven years later, the museum is holding a major retrospective on an artist who captures the foibles and characters of both man and beast.

Dr Sparrow arrived in Horsham in 1919 having served in WWI where he was awarded a Military Cross.

He wrote a book about the campaigns he fought in and peppered his account with comic masterpieces, many of which were drawn in his diaries, which now reside at the Imperial War Museum.

Once settled in Horsham he observed everyday life and developed a fond affection for the place and people.

The exhibition of more than 35 works of art collected over the last 20 years reveals a quality of illustration, line and observational skills.

Through his quick sketches he spans some 50 years of life in Horsham town and field with a fascination for the hunting, the absurd and the ironic.

Dr Sparrow’s drawings and watercolours exhibition, entitled ‘A Host of Sparrows,’ opens on Tuesday September 4 and runs until October 13 2012.

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