Suffolk cartoon icon Giles’ drawing of Alf Garnett to be auctioned

Giles' portrait of Alf Garnett

Giles' portrait of Alf Garnett - Credit: Archant

An unusual work by Suffolk art icon Carl Giles is to be auctioned in the county.

Carl Giles

Carl Giles - Credit: PA

Giles, the legendary cartoonist who has a statue at Giles Circus at the junction of Princes Street and Queen Street in Ipswich, did a pen and ink original drawing of top television comedy character Alf Garnett, played by Warren Mitchell.

The drawing is on stiff card and measures 20.5 cm by 29cm.

Martlesham Auctioneers, Lockdales, will put it under the hammer on April 15 at their Fine Art Auction.

It has a catalogue guide price of £200-£400.

Alf Garnett was the star of the BBC Television series Till Death Us Do Part.

It ran from 1965 to 1975 and, at its peak, was the most watched television programme. It also spawned a spin-off in the 1980s and 90s called In Sickness and In Health.

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Garnett was a loud-mouthed Cockney with forthright views that invariably upset his family and friends.

He often referred to his wife, played by Dandy Nicholls, as a “Silly old Moo.”

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