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Bronze, Ed 1/9

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Annie Tempest was born in Zambia in 1959 and moved to the UK with her family in 1962, after which

her father inherited the magnificent Broughton Hall which was later to become the inspiration for

Tottering-by-Gently. At the age of 24, whilst working as a medical secretary she began to teach herself

how to draw. This, coupled with a love of cryptic crosswords combined to sow the seeds of a career as a

cartoonist, initially working for the Daily Mail for seven and a half years with a strip called ‘The Yuppies’.

In 1989, she was voted ‘Strip cartoonist of the year’ by her peers in the Cartoonists Club of Great


Annie created Tottering-by-Gently and joined Country Life magazine in 1993. Her subtle and humorous

depictions of Dicky and Daffy Tottering and their family has expanded into a small empire both through

syndication and licensing as well as a number of memorable exhibitions abroad in Mexico and New

York. As the Duke of Devonshire commented Tottering-by-Gently is the reason why ‘most people read

magazines backwards’. In 2009 she won the prestigious Pont Prize for her portrayal of the British

Character – the highest accolade in her profession. Annie is still living and working in rural Norfolk in a

beautifully converted barn surrounded by glorious gardens.

With regards to her bronzes: in this new medium, Annie has transferred her acute observational skills

and understanding of body language to communicate feeling and gesture in sculpture.  The works are

united in their collaborative play with movement, external expression and internal emotion.

“What is so remarkable about so much of Tempest’s work is its vitality. There is a sense of ecstatic

energy in almost all the figures…” Charlotte Metcalf, Spears Magazine, September 2012

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