The Kitchen Table


Bolton worked under the most difficult conditions. In some ways this was of his own making, but on the whole it was due to his Franciscan lifestyle – a Holy Poverty that he embraced. Much of his design work, in fact most of it, was conceived and thought through on the kitchen table. The tuna fish sandwiches would be shoved to one side and out came a scrap of paper. This drawing was produced (as far as I recall) for the cover of an ordination booklet.

The Prodigal Son was the gospel of the day. Here in his spare, almost Japanese, drawing he shows all the essential elements of the parable.

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