The Tidy Arms
The Tidy Arms is a wonderful collection of some of Bill’s best known cartoon characters. These include family members and the odd enemy of Bill’s most famous cartoon strip The Fosdyke Saga. This ran in the Daily Mirror from March 1971 to February 1985.
The Cloggies are there thundering through the crowd dancing away and causing the usual Mayhem. The strip ran in Private Eye from 1967 to 1981 and later in the Listener from 1985 – 1986. CAMRA’s Real Ale champion Kegbuster is there live from his strip which started in 1974 . It ran for 44 years which has to be a record.
And then there are the folk who appear in some of his greatest one off cartoons like Noah who is convinced sending elephant is better than sending a dove. And probably the most famous character of all, the Polar Bear from his iconic, Is there any news of the Iceberg’ gag.
Obviously Bill loved real ale and felt the Tidy Arms had to be the place where all of his oddball characters met up. Furthermore it was the first limited edition print Bill had ever done for himself and he thoroughly enjoyed drawing it.
Sadly he had the first of two pretty awful strokes and only get to signing 25 of the prints and there are only 14 left. This makes each one extremely collectable.
The price is £750 unframed and each is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity
The Tidy Arms Paper: Archival pigment on Somerset Enhanced Satin 330 gsm paper and this edition is fabricated using archival inks and 100% cotton, acid free paper. Size : 59.4 x 42 cm Number: 25