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Annie Tempest



Annie Tempest was born in Zambia in 1959 and moved to the UK with her family in 1962, after which her father inherited the magnificent Broughton Hall which was later to become the inspiration for Tottering-by-Gently. At the age of 24, whilst working as a medical secretary she began to teach herself how to draw. This, coupled with a love of cryptic crosswords combined to sow the seeds of a career as a cartoonist, initially working for the Daily Mail for seven and a half years with a strip called ‘The Yuppies’. In 1989, she was voted ‘Strip cartoonist of the year’ by her peers in the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain.


Annie created Tottering-by-Gently and joined Country Life magazine in 1993. Her subtle and humorous depictions of Dicky and Daffy Tottering and their family has expanded into a small empire both through syndication and licensing as well as a number of memorable exhibitions abroad in Mexico and New York but also at The O’Shea Gallery. As the Duke of Devonshire commented Tottering-by-Gently is the reason why ‘most people read magazines backwards’. In 2009 she won the prestigious Pont Prize for her portrayal of the British Character – the highest accolade in her profession. Annie is still living and working in rural Norfolk in a beautifully converted barn surrounded by glorious gardens. Her studios are filled with Tottering delights and whilst her weekly plans for Dicky and Daffy continue, her creative expression has also found a new outlet in sculpture, her inaugural sculpture exhibition ‘Play as Cast’ was launched by her agent Raymond O'Shea, at the O'Shea Gallery, London, in April 2012.


Tottering-by-Gently is a village in the fictional county of North Pimmshire, where Lord and Lady Tottering reside at their ancestral home, Tottering Hall. Annie Tempest's prints are based on Lord and Lady Tottering (Dicky and Daffy), their daughter Serena and their grandchildren, Freddy and Daisy. Through Dicky and Daffy's extended family, Annie Tempest casts her gimlet eye over everything from inter-generational tensions, the differing perspectives of men and women, to dieting, field sports, and much much more.


Park Lane Champagne are proud to work closely with Annie Tempest & Raymond O'Shea (of the O'Shea Gallery, St James's, London) to create an exciting and delicious new range of champagnes, wines & spirits that are avaliable under the new Tottering-by-Gently branding and also under new bespoke Tottering-by-Gently templates that can be further personalised to make your gift even more memorable.


If you need any assistance then please do not hestiate to contact one of the Tottering Hall staff on 01342 826555 or alternatively email the head butler direct on and we will be delighted to assist you.