Southwark Octopus

Original ballpoint pen drawing of an octopus on an original 1983 Godfrey Edition (second edition) of a 1894 Ordnance Survey map of Rotherhithe, London, UK.

On a gloomy winter’s morning I went for a potter around a local town which has a lot of antique, vintage and retro shops and came across a few reproduction old Ordnance Survey maps and had to buy them. I have a bit of a weakness for old books and maps like some women have for shoes.
At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but soon inspiration struck for a similar work – Peckham Raven. I wanted to draw an aquatic creature of some kind to tie in with the old nautical theme of the map and legends of the Kraken sprang to mind, though I doubt there were ever any sightings in the Thames!
It was quite nerve wracking at first and I felt guilty for scribbling away over such a wonderful thing as a map! I soon got into the swing of it though and am very happy with the end result. I have several ideas brewing for more.

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Limited edition fine art giclee prints are available for sale (unframed).

  • Original: SOLD
  • Limited edition prints: £35 plus p&p

The run of limited edition prints measures 29 x 42 cm and numbers 150. The print is numbered, titled and signed on the rear as well as being accompanied by an individual signed and numbered certificate of authenticity. Care notes are also included to help you make the most of your purchase.

*** Already have a frame in mind? Then please contact me to discuss custom print sizes. ***
This image can be printed up to c. 50 x 70cm on fine art paper.


All items will be posted within two working days of placing the order in a postal box to ensure it arrives undamaged and will be sent using:

UK: £10 (original) £5 (print) – Royal Mail signed for, 1 day delivery in most cases.

EUROPE: £40 / £10 – International tracked & signed, 3-5 days delivery in most cases.

WORLDWIDE: £50 / £15 – International tracked & signed, 5-11 days delivery in most cases.


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