Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Yesterday was a bit of a sad day for H.I. and her friends, as they attended the funeral of old Bill Hammond, a much loved and loyal student at her Summer Schools, although he couldn't make this year's due to ill health.
It was Bill who made this wonderful sculpture portrait of the Queen (from the Lucian Freud portrait!), which I showed you a while ago.
Bill worked in the film industry, and it was he who made all the 'Lux' adverts starring Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinali, etc. etc.
Possibly his biggest claim to fame - as it turned out - is that Hovis advert of the boy climbing up Gold Hill in a flat-cap, to Dvorak music, putting Shaftesbury on the map as the best-known, fictitious village in the North Country. Shaftesbury is in Dorset.
He leaves behind a cat which has become immortalised in many paintings, pictures and Christmas cards over the last few years, and is now in the care of best friend and long-time companion.
Apparently, the cat has spent the last week or so, sitting in Bill's empty chair.