‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’
by Peter Diamond
Fri, Oct 27, 17 / James BDP
We’re delighted to release a brand new print for ‘The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow’ by Peter Diamond into the world just in time for Halloween. The print comes in two versions, a UK Night Variant and a US Sunset Variant. We're also excited to make available for purchase the rough pencil concept sketch and the stunning original ink drawing that formed the basis for the prints. A very rare opportunity to add a Peter Diamond original to your collection.
But before we show you here are some words from the artist:
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has been a favourite story of mine since the first time I heard it as a kid. The brilliant characters, the atmosphere, the historical setting, it all fires up my imagination. But more than anything else it seems to turn on that trick of painting this picture so fully-realised and so stirring that we abandon disbelief almost entirely, then just at the end mocking us for ever believing it.
Well, I don't think I'm alone in refusing to believe that Ichabod made it off that bridge still in this world, or that the Horseman was really Brom Bones, head and all. For me, the real story ends on the pumpkin's final impact, so that's the moment I chose for this image.
The horse, Gunpowder, doesn't get much limelight next to Ichabod and the Horseman, but he's a great character on his own. He ends up being very important to my image, and thanks to Washington Irving's deft touch of the horse's one pupil-less eye I got a properly spooky animal to work with. Every thing about making this image was fun, but nothing more so than drawing Gunpowder.
It was a little difficult to turn down a chance to draw the Headless Horseman himself, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that he sneaks into it in spite of me: this rider could almost be the Hessian at the moment of his decapitation. It’s a double entendre I didn’t intend, but in fact it's already built into the story and so it just kind of cropped up on its own in the design process. I think it is one of those little ambiguities that makes an image more interesting. - Peter Diamond.
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‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ (US Variant) by Peter Diamond
18" x 24" screen print
250gsm Biotop 3 paper
Hand numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by SP Productions
Limited edition of 60
‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ (Ink Drawing) by Peter Diamond
56 x 75 cm
Ink & Graphite
175 gsm BFK Rives paper
Signed by the artist
‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ (Pencil Sketch) by Peter Diamond
190 gsm Hahnemühle Bristol paper
Signed by the artist