Brian Lewis draws Isaac Newton

This is the first piece of a long intermittent series that Lewis did for Orbis Publications.
His simple rendering of the snow scene to tell us Newton was born in winter and the claustrophobic street scene in grey emphasises not only death but the grim reality of Newton’s time. In contrast we see the sunny shaded scene under a tree. I love pictures that overlap – as long as they are clear – and love this bench edge and table edge heading into the white border! Something interesting happened with the lettering in the second to last panel. It looks like a last minute editorial change. Whether Lewis did the lettering himself or not, I don’t know, but I assume that each country of this co-edition would want space left for them to fill in their home language.
In just 9 panels Lewis draws you along and in a later issue he covers Newton’s work on telescopes.
A lovely piece of work, completely ignored!


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