Early Banksy Ghetto Blaster Rat. From the collection of Harvey Haddock. An early photo af Harvey in the doorway of "Crude Oils". And a leter photo of Harvey holding the work.
Custom made bespoke frame - massive black oak. UltraVue anti reflective museum glass.
Letter from harvey:
To whom it may concern. My name is Harvey Haddock and in the early 2000´s I worked along Banksy on many of his projects. The first of which being "Turf wars". I also worked extensively with him on "Crude Olis" and various other projects around that time. As time went on we became good friends and he would always stay with me when he was visiting Brighton. After one such visit I realised he had left a folder containing a lot of his rough drafts and general notes and I can testify to the fact that this folder is part of the collection of items that he left. Kind regards Harvey.
Haddock was also used by Banksy as the model for the famous Banksy painting “Nighthawks” depicting a drunk Englishman (Harvey Haddock) who has thrown a chair in the window of the bar in Edward Hoppers famous painting Nighthawks.
A photo exists of Harvey Haddock as he is working on the exhibition “Crude Oils” that opened at 100 Westbourne Grove in London and was Banksy’s second major exhibition, after Turf War in 2003. It featured 20 versions of classical oil paintings, among them Van Gogh, Hopper, Warhol, Turner and Monet. Also present were 200 live rats and some interesting sculptures. See photos.
The connection between Banksy and Harvey Haddock can be found in Banksy literature and in the press.
"For Edward Hopper's bar scene, Nighthawks, Banksy has added an angry man dressed only in Union Jack shorts who has just broken the bar window with a plastic chair. The model for the man was Harvey Haddock, Banksy's "dogsbody" who will show visitors around personally."