This early street work came from Creek Road in Deptford where Banksy also did "Think Tank" for a album cover (Blur). Private collection Harvey Haddock. A rat holding a placard. Some times with a message and other times left blank by the artist to encourage audience participation.
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. The work is accompanied by a signed letter from Haddock stating provenance and his connection to Banksy.
weight app 20 kg.
Letter from Harvey Haddock:
"This is a letter to confirm that the placard rat on thick metal was sprayed up on an East London Travellers site in 2002 when I was living and working with Banksy at the time.
A few of these placard rats were sprayed onto free standing metal plates at this time, and numerous pieces has been sold from the Deptford site over thee years, including Think Tank and the rats with anti climb paint.
This is a piece I have kept for a number of years which I now wish to sell."