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Sale price£2,995.00 GBP Regular price£3,450.00 GBP
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We are delighted to be able to share this fabulous early Sam Toft original with you. Sam's originals are rarely offered for sale, so when we were asked by the current owner to sell the painting, we jumped at the chance!

The painting was purchased back in 2003 from Gallerina in Darlington. It's a large panoramic oil pastel framed behind glass in a honey oak coloured solid wood frame, as shown in the photos. The condition is very good.

The image size is approximately 825x230mm, with outer frame dimensions of 1110x550mm.

It's fascinating to see the way Sam's characters, Ernest Hemingway Mustard, and his best friend Doris, the grumpy Jack Russell Terrier, have now developed from her work from 20 years ago. Beach huts have long been a favourite backdrop for Sam's characters on their adventures. Here Ernest and Doris battle their way home on a windy day.

We asked Sam herself to value the artwork.

If you're interested, or would like to make an offer, please contact Anne at the gallery on 01904 655707. Better still, come and take a look in person - the gallery is open in York city centre seven days a week. We like to think we are northern home of all things Tofty, and Sam’s biggest fans!

Sam’s characters, ‘The Mustards’ have a legion of loyal fans. She has described herself as their Official Picture Maker and Story Teller for the past 20 years. They are her imaginary friends, helping her make sense of a world that sometimes seems stranger than fiction; never more so than current times.

Ernest and his dear lady wife Violet live in a not-so damp basement flat on the Brighton Hove border, with Doris, their grumpy and rather portly Jack Russell Terrier, and an ever increasing menagerie of eccentric pets. They inhabit a seaside world of faded ice cream colours where the breeze is always blowing and life is utterly delicious.

We can only ship framed items within the UK. 

As with all secondary market work, the print and frame are not new, and are therefore ‘sold as seen.’ We have endeavoured to describe to condition as accurately as possible.

You will be interested to hear that when we sell original paintings on the secondary market, a percentage of the sale goes back to the artist, via the Artist's Resale Right Scheme, handled by the Design & Copyright Society. It seems fitting that Sam should continue to benefit from the sale of her beautiful work.

©️The Artist


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