Angus McBride’s Timbuktu

Posted on April 12, 2010


This is an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR by one of the great masters of illustration: Angus McBride.

Angus McBride illustrated for the magazine ” World of Wonder ” the story of the French explorer René Caillé who found and entered the secret &  legendary city of Timbuktu in April 1828 & was the first European to return from the city alive.


This Watercolour depicts the arrival at night of the explorer at Timbuktu and appeared in print form in the magazine ” World of Wonder”.

It’s No. 130 on 16 September 1972 – page 9 (see image). 

Angus McBride stunning mastery of colour and composition can be seen here in this superb atmospheric Painting.

Angus McBride (1931-2007) is one of the world’s most respected historical and fantasy illustrators, and has contributed to numerous books, magazines and articles, including the classic Look & Learn, JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, Walt Disney’s Now I Know , World of Wonder and more than 70 Osprey titles. Born in 1931 of Highland parents, but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School.

A wonderful piece of Original Art.

The Artist’s work before publication in book or magazine form passes through various departments – every department makes if necessary notes on the edge of the board.

Size Board Image: 9 x 6 inches (23cm x 16cm)

Size Board with annotated borders: 12½ x 8 inches (31cm x 21cm)

This Original Watercolour Board is in excellent condition with its original fresh & bright colours.

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