Mr Emery, won’t you please come in? The Fires of Pembroke, page 16

Catherine Draycott

Bermudian (b. 1970)

Scratchboard

1999

Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of the artist.

Catherine Draycott’s illustrations for Llewellyn Emery’s
acclaimed children’s book The Fires of Pembroke capture the
idle joy of summer and the boundless imagination that can be
sparked only by the empty weeks of the school break stretching
endlessly ahead. The autobiographical book, which recalls
Llewellyn’s childhood growing up near Devonshire Marsh in the
1950s, effortlessly captures the Bermuda of days gone by.
Draycott’s illustrations for the book, which reside in the Bermuda
National Gallery’s permanent collection, recall a very different
Pembroke to that of today – when the landscape was green
and overgrown, a luscious playground for children to explore
untended. Conceived on scratchboard, the illustrations echo
the enduring joys of childhood – climbing trees, fishing off the
rocks and the unwavering bond that exists only between a
child and his dog.
Catherine Draycott completed a BFA at the School of the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before going on to complete
a Masters in Classical Archeology at Oxford. She now works
as Associate Professor of Archaeology at Durham University
where her research bridges art history and archaeology.

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