The studio of Christopher van der Craats

A speck somewhere in cyberspace

Art: paintings, both recent and past
Gold field Australia painting

Photography: a selection of images
Travel: an account of a journey across Russia
Yacht: I once built a boat
Punch & Judy: an interest
Pitches from the past.
Identifying the geographical history of Punch and Judy in the U.K.

Punch and Judy art gallery: a virtual gallery of paintings.
Educational design: my experience in this field
Ping Lin and the rabbit who fell from the moon
An illustrated children's book.



The most recent addition to this web site is the inclusion of a biographical outline of my art practice. [ Click here ]

Updates: December 2018

I have begun to compile information on the study of the history and development of the Punch and Judy show (see below).

Here is the first page, which is a bibliography of the main publications devoted to the history of Punch.

I have also made a web site for a poem orginally published in the Monthly Magazine in Spetember 1826.
It is called Punch and Judy and has the author as Bougersdickius. I will eventually compile these various referenced files within the Punch Scholar web site.

November 2018

Art is not always about creativity as such, sometimes it is about simply an observation; the recognition of an experience. I have been taking photographs of people looking at art and how they compose themselves in a gallery and form an inextricable relationship with the art objects, gallery and bodies (including what they wear).

Puppets en masse
A photographic survey of just some of the puppets I have made.

I have been scrounging around the internet to find some of the literature related to the Punch and Judy show in the 19th century. These examples give some indication of how the show was perceived during the time and also give us an idea of what the show was like as a perofrmance. Here is a list of what I have put online so far:

The Puppet Show from the Literary Speculum, Anon. 1821

Punch, The Wassail-Bowl, Albert Smith, 1843

Punch and Judy, Charles H. Ross, Routledge's Every Boy's Annual 1873