When I saw John Dempsey's portrait of Copeman the gardener on the Spitalfield Life website, I immediately thought of Emil Claus' The old gardener, and of my own drawing from a book of verse by Koos Meinderts called Het regent zonlicht (It's raining sunlight).

This character is called Oom Igor, or uncle Igor, who is a bit of a misfit, comes with a tree as a gift, and calls himself crazy uncle Igor.

The poem was put to music by Thijs Borsten.


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