Threepenny Novel : A4. Pen and ink. Watercolour and bleach

The oldest drawings I still share are from Bertolt Brecht’s 1934 prose variant of The Threepenny Opera he wrote with Kurt Weill… I came to the opera from the songs (primarily Mack The Knife ~ first heard on my dad’s Louis Armstrong cassette quickly followed by versions he had from Frank Sinatra and Ute Lemper, and an ongoing favourite from myriad performers)… from the opera I found the novel.

Above is poor Lucy Brown, ‘wife’ of Macheath; below a selection of the reprobates and unfortunates in Macheath’s criminal gang; then a few incidental ink drawings



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