Original artwork; watercolour on whatman paper, c.1969
This illustration was commissioned for a serialised story in a woman’s magazine. Unlike his contemporaries, Wyles worked in watercolour, working from the magazine’s art direction and reference photography. He achieved astonishing accuracy, the only clue to his medium being the way details beyond the focus points appear to melt away. The original painting art board is approximately 30 cm wide x 41 cm tall.