Stephen Ryan, 'Ned Kelly Organising the Drones to Type his Letter'

Stephen Ryan, 'Ned Kelly Organising the Drones to Type his Letter'

Stephen Ryan
'Ned Kelly Organising the Drones to Type his Letter'
1978
Pen and ink and some scraper-work on board
Illustration for 'Ned Kelly and the City of Bees' by Thomas Keneally (London: Jonathan Cape, 1978)
Museum no. E.412-1982

This illustration by Stephen Ryan is for the only children's book written by Thomas Keneally. Published in 1978, and called Ned Kelly and the City of Bees, this story is about a ten year old boy who is shrunk so that he can live in a hive for the summer and learn about the life of bees. The image is made up of tiny lines, cross-hatching and zig-zags of an intensity that almost buzzes like the bees in the story.

This image can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 1.