The Orphans, 1991

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Limited edition print publication date: 1991

Edition size: 850 copies +5 artist proofs

Published price: £28

Maximum known secondary market price reached: £1250

Gary says “I visited the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage on my first trip to Kenya in 1990 and was so impressed with the great success rate of re-habilitating their elephants back into the wild.

“Soon after, I met Lissa Ruben back in London. She had been helping at the orphanage for a long time and was currently writing a book about two particular baby elephants, Ndume and Malaika. She was very taken with my drawings and asked me if I’d draw her two special elephants for inclusion in the book.

“She had so many great photos of Ndume and Malaika when they were very young. So between us, Lissa and I decided I should work from her references as they were so appealing. I had met and photographed the same two eles when they were quite a bit older.

“She loved my drawing so much, she featured it twice within the book, titled Cry from the Wild, A Tale of Two Orphans. Part of Lissa’s royalties from the book went back to help the orphanage. Both Lissa and Daphne Sheldrick have a print of The Orphans hanging in their homes.

“I re-visited Daphne’s orphanage in 2002 to make the Wild at Art DVD which focused on her elephants. I drew Joy as a result of that memorable time, released in 2003.”

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