Last Deed on Earth
The incredible story of Ernst Franklin
by Mike Shepherd
About the Book
Ernst Franklin made stunning finds in the Valley of the Kings, returned to England with his copy paintings, only to be ridiculed and branded a charlatan. With his life's work being described as: “profane and loathsome putrifications,” the shame was too much, he took his own life. The tomb was destroyed by earthquake, the only evidence remaining were his drawings, now ordered to be destroyed by his wife. Fortunately this did not happen. The drawings and artefacts went 'underground' into the hands of private collectors. 'The Last Deed on Earth' reveals the truth behind this incredible story.
left Art College for a career in advertising as an Art Director. One day a photographer I worked with mentioned he needed a model building for an album cover shoot. This was to be the beginning of my model making, set building, and special effects career. Clients included Paul McCartney, 10cc, Smirnoff, JCB and Dupont. A favourite was Playdoh modelling for Hasbro, who also asked me to design and produce a sculpture for the 'Save the Children Festival of Trees' in London.' It auctioned for a record sum. Other ventures include a series of children's books about the Robot Tubby Tin. I have had various exhibitions of paintings and sculpture. And now the age of the computer has provided even more diversions, with film and photography. Combining these with travel, is now my main focus, although I still work on all aspects of advertising and design. Recently I was asked if I would like to carve a set of marionettes. Sounded fun, so I said "yes".