grandmother’s tea tin

A perennially favourite subject to paint: grandmother’s* Bushell’s tea tin. I love its pale green colour and the almost comically inept illustrations, which are subtly embossed into the metal. If I google “bushells tea tin vintage australian animals” I find plenty of examples dating back to the 1930s but none that look just like mine. Those others all have far more realistic depictions of the same four iconic Aussie critters. Mine were sketched by a beginner artist 🙂

* We called her ‘Grandmother’, not a softer diminutive. It’s the kind of person she was.