Celebrity signatures for Clarence

May 2024, and our new online shop has just been launched. Click on Shop above. Browse a large selection of quality reproduction prints of the watercolours painted for his 1906 Casa Fontanalba Visitors’ Book. We have been so pleased with the warmth with which four celebrities have signed a batch of prints each, typically 10 batches of 10 prints each, for sale in favour of the Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/.

Our famous friends are
i. broadcaster and President of the Woodland Trust Clive Anderson,
ii. novelist Frederick Forsyth,
iii. singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh and
iv. playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Clive Anderson (born 1952)(right) is an English television and radio presenter, comedy writer, and former barrister. Winner of a British Comedy Award in 1991, Anderson began experimenting with comedy and writing comedic scripts during his 15-year legal career, before becoming host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, initially a radio show on BBC Radio 4 in 1988, before moving to television on Channel 4 from 1988 to 1999. He was also host of his own chat show Clive Anderson Talks Back, which changed its name to Clive Anderson All Talk in 1996, from 1989 to 2001. He has also hosted many radio programmes, and made guest appearances on Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, QI, Loose Ends, Clive Anderson’s Chat Room, Unreliable Evidence and The Unbelievable Truth.Clive Anderson has been president of the Woodland Trust for more than 10 years, having taken a long interest in the problems facing the natural world and trees in particular. He and his wife Jane Anderson, a physician who has spent her career in managing HIV/AIDS, live in Highbury, North London

Frederick Forsyth CBE (born 1938)(left) is an award-winning English novelist and journalist. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil’s Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Kill List. Forsyth’s works frequently appear on best-sellers lists and more than a dozen of his titles have been adapted to film. By 2006, he had sold more than 70 million books in more than 30 languages. Forsyth was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours list for services to literature. Freddie, as he likes to be called, and his wife Sandy live in leafy Buckinghamshire. He is a lover of art, especially botanical art. The photo shows Marcus Bicknell, botanical artist and choir friend Sally Harrison and Freddie Forsyth signing prints in April 2024.

Chris de Burgh (born 1948)(right) is a British-Irish singer-songwriter and musician living near Dublin, Eire. He started out as an art rock performer but subsequently started writing more pop-oriented material and his international success has spanned five decades. He has had several top 40 hits in the UK and two in the US, but he is more popular across continental Europe and the Far East, having sold over 45 million albums worldwide. His 1986 love song “The Lady in Red” reached number one in many countries including the UK; his concert material emphasises his intense fantasy and history rock.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE FRSA (born 1939)(left) is a prolific British playwright and director. He has written and produced as of 2024, 90 full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967. He was knighted in 1997.

There are 60 Clarence Bicknell watercolour prints to choose from, of which each celebrity has typically signed ten. To help you make your choice you might like to look at the complete list of wild flowers which Clarence painted, and which of the celebrities signed each… https://clarencebicknell.com/wp-content/uploads/Watercolour-list.xlsx

You can also get a feel for the colours available for the frames; on receipt of your order the Clarence Bicknell Association will frame your picture and ship it to you, anywhere in the world. You can buy them without frames too. https://clarencebicknell.com/wp-content/uploads/frame_colours_2024c.jpg

Then click on Shop at the right of the menu bar above or go to www.clarencebicknell.com/shop

We can give prompt help by email, phone, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Please email us initially at info@clarencebicknell.com. Marcus Bicknell authored the web shop in WordPress and Woo Commerce with the support of daughter Alice and nephew Titus Bicknell, and with the inspiration of Mina Nakhai, whom he thanks.

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