Tottering by Gently on Mount Street
25 Years ago Artist Tempest created The Tottering Family inspired by the eccentric crumbling grandeur of her home Broughton Hall. Perfectly capturing the British Character the cartoon was a smash hit, finding a home in the Original `Mayfair Times` (Run by Peter Wetherell) and The O`Shea Gallery at 120 Mount Street. Tottering by Gently is now a `Country Life` institution with many reading the magazine backwards to get to the `Best Bit` first.
About the Artist
Annie Tempest was born in Zambia in 1959 and moved to the UK with her family in 1962, after which her father inherited the magnificent Broughton Hall which was later to become the inspiration for Tottering-by-Gently. At the age of 24, whilst working as a medical secretary she began to teach herself how to draw. This, coupled with a love of cryptic crosswords combined to sow the seeds of a career as a cartoonist, initially working for the Daily Mail for seven and a half years with a strip called ‘The Yuppies’. In 1989, she was voted ‘Strip cartoonist of the year’ by her peers in the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain.
Annie created Tottering-by-Gently and joined Country Life magazine in 1993. Her subtle and humorous depictions of Dicky and Daffy Tottering and their family has expanded into a small empire both through syndication and licensing as well as a number of memorable exhibitions abroad in Mexico and New York but also at The O’Shea Gallery. As the Duke of Devonshire commented Tottering-by-Gently is the reason why ‘most people read magazines backwards’. In 2009 she won the prestigious Pont Prize for her portrayal of the British Character – the highest accolade in her profession. Annie is still living and working in rural Norfolk in a beautifully converted barn surrounded by glorious gardens. Her studios are filled with Tottering delights and whilst her weekly plans for Dicky and Daffy continue, her creative expression has also found a new outlet in sculpture, her inaugural sculpture exhibition ‘Play as cast’ was held at The O’Shea Gallery in April 2012.
To purchase any of the cartoons featured in our Christmas Windows or view a selection of lovely Tottering gifts please visit Tottering.com