This magnificent print of a honeybee is by Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature John Carey FBA, who has very kindly offered it to us to auction for The Big Merton 1264 Challenge. John says:
"I have been a beekeeper for some 45 years. When we bought our cottage in the Cotswolds we wanted to plant fruit trees, and the then Professor of Zoology, a Fellow of Merton, who was a beekeeper, told me I must keep bees for pollination. So I have ever since. Our sons, when tiny, had little bee suits, and helped.
"I joined a print-making workshop about 15 years ago. The workshop, The Oxford Printmakers Co-operative, was founded by a group of women, one of whom was the wife of a fellow of Merton, Michael Bowler. They run courses in etching and other print techniques. I did the etching course and, later, a screen printing course. When you have got a portfolio together you show it to the committee and if they think you are good enough you become a keyholder, which means you can use the workshop at any time.
"Most of my prints have been etchings, but recently, with the help of one of the technicians, I tried rolling a thinned colour over the etching. The bee is one result."
The print measures c.18 x c.13cm (7" x 5") and is unframed. John has also said he will gladly add a couple of pots of honey to the bee, "but I cannot guarantee she helped collect the honey."
How to bid
We are holding a sealed-bid auction for John's print, and with John's agreement, the bidding will open at £126.40. If you wish to place a bid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Bee Print Auction". Bidding will close at 3:22pm on Thursday 28 May 2020 - the highest bid received will win the print and honey.
Good Luck and Happy Bidding!
The small print
- Bidders should know that placing a bid is a formal offer, and once accepted, it is a contract to purchase the item.
- By submitting a bid you are agreeing we can contact you in connection with this sealed-bid auction.
- We will keep careful records of each bid and will contact each bidder to let them know whether or not their bid was successful.
- The winning bidder will have the right to decide how the proceeds of the auction are dispersed between the two causes that The Big Merton 1264 Challenge is raising funds for.
- The cost of delivering the print and honey to the winning bidder will be met by the College.