One of the candidates for this week’s Westmorland Gazette cartoon is a national story. A rare Roman mask - found near Appleby with the aid of a metal detector - is to go for auction at Christie's on 7 October and is expected to fetch between £300,000 and £500,000.
Tullie House Museum in Carlisle has launched an appeal to buy the mask and keep it in the county. Meanwhile, the mask itself is an interesting item. It is almost perfectly preserved and is of the type worn by ceremonial horsemen. The theory goes that they wore the mask to look intimidating and subdue the natives.
Enough of the history. It’s a good story though, as you can see from the sketches, it took me at least one go before I got a handle on it.
These are the (very) rough sketches I presented to the editor. You can see his choice on my website or by rushing out immediately and purchasing a copy of the newspaper. Feel free to write to the editor congratulating him on his choice and demanding the cartoonist gets a raise.