Duke Ellington

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Duke Ellington Pencil Portrait
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The quality of the prints are at a much higher level compared to the image shown on the left.


A3 Pencil Print-Price £45.00-Purchase

A4 Pencil Print-Price £30.00-Purchase

*Limited edition run of 250 prints only*

All Pencil Prints are printed on the finest Bockingford Somerset Velvet 255 gsm paper.

P&P is not included in the above prices.


It’s a descending whole tone scale over a D9#11 chord with an F# in the bass. Written by Billy Strayhorn in 1939, the distinctive intro to ‘Take the ‘A’ Train’ sets the mood perfectly for a homage to the then three year old A subway service running through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using an express track section opened in Manhattan.

It would become the signature tune for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the many varied reworkings throughout the intervening seven decades bear testimony to its status as one of the defining moments in jazz.