The King and Queen were overjoyed
to see their sweet Matilda.
They thought by now Black Ned had either
married her or killed her.
They thanked Sir Cedric gratefully
and said that he must stay
To keep Matilda company and have a holiday
Roy Gerrard (1935-1997)
Watercolour with pen and ink
10 x 18 ¼ inches
The Estate of Leo and Jane Mckern
Roy Gerrard, Sir Cedric, London: Victor Gollancz, 1984, [Unpaginated]
National Theatre, 1984, as 'The Joyful Return';
'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1865-2019', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2019-January 2020, No 179
Sold with an autograph letter of thanks from Roy Gerrard to Leo McKern, dated 2 October 1984, on paper headed with the artist's address