Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Who is George Arthur Fripp...

...and what is he doing under the sink?

Please advise in the comments section. Note use of the article...may be my sink, may be your sink, may be the sink of a heretofore unnamed entity. As always, no pressure except that of your own fertile minds.

20 comments:

Jasmine said...

Oh, I do let my daughter watch Grizly tales for Gruesome children as the macabre tales tickle my fancy. Last night there was a story about a Mr Thripp, who had termites under his control.... Scarier than your finest Christopher Lee performance !

The Crow said...

George Arthur Fripp was painter to Queen Victoria and fathered 12 (count 'em!) yes, 12! sons, some of whom grew up to be artists like dear old pater, but one of whom - Geo. ALBERT Fripp - grew up to be plumber to Her Majesty's eldest son, late to the throne Eddy.

Geo. Albert installed the original throne in King Edward's bathroom, from whence we get the nickname for the loo most of us have heard all our lives.

On a service call to the King's loo, Geo. Albert dropped his diamond stickpin (gift from the King, no less) from his tie down the sink drain. He was under the sink taking apart the P-trap to try to recover the diamond.

Why the arched eyebrow, I haven't a clue.

Ginga Squid said...

I don't know - but I wouldn't trust him, he looks very shifty!

Candace said...

A British watercolourist. And I suspect he's trying to get some backwash underneath there.
Can't use the good stuff, you know.

How I have been loving your blog, Susan. Especially Krishna -- as always victorious when using his Sacred Peppermint Wheel!
Take great care.
Candace in Athens

donny* said...

who, indeed. but with collar and handlebar mustache you can't go wrong. cool illustration ... love the raised eyebrow.

Celeste Bergin said...

George Arthur Fripp is a butler. He is under the sink looking for wood polish.

yvette said...

google gives a connection with Napoleon?????

Eva said...

The greatgrandfather of Robert Fripp, a close friend of Brian Eno's greatgrandfather.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Georgie (Posh Boy) Perkins was an East End of London villian and worked under the pseudonym 'George Arthur Fripp plumber to the gentry'.
While fixing the toffs leaks and squeaks gurgles and puddles, George would scout their mansionsfor their jewellery and hide it under the kitchen sink.The alarm would be raised and George would be questioned and searched and released without charge.How could the police know thet the treasure was still in the house? Days later his catburgling accomplice would return to the gaff and making no more than a hand sized hole through the kitchen wall, seize the booty.They became known as the 'mousehole burglaries' and taxed the finest minds of Scotland Yard for years til finally Sherlock Holmes figured out how the burglaries were done and poor Posh Boy Perkins and his accomplice were sent to jail for 15 years.

tony said...

He looks like My Polish Plumber.....Mr Frippski?????

ArtSparker said...

Yvette - Oh, I was trying to make the name up, I should have checked Google.

TFE- That sounds like a very credible explanation.

California Girl said...

Dear Art: You certainly Sparked some great bios on this guy.

G.A. Fripp is the man who organized "The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946". He made the Three Point Freep famous. It's a simple twist of his name for the number of points awarded to a particular type of fart, which is what the contest is all about.

For more information on this contest and a hell of a lot of laughs, hear the original recording via
http://randsesotericotr.podbean.com/2008/05/14/the-great-crepitation-contest-of-1946/

I first heard it on Dr. Demento and you've sparked an idea for a post. Thanks!

Sarah said...

I started to leave a comment, then thought I would read the other comments first. I didn't even think of googling the name-like you! Interesting biographies. I only got as far as thinking he is some kind of tiny and not very good plumber who's initials are GAF. He stays under the (any) sink for a long time-until told to come out, as he is too proud to admit that he has not got a clue what he is doing under there.

ArtSparker said...

Sarah - that could work, his clothes being impeccably elegant to make him look competent, and yet actually impeding his ability to do the job.

Eric Barclay said...

I really, really like this character. Great line work.

inkcaravan said...

Oh I think he was George Arthur Fripp, painter to the Queen, whose greatest skill was in the art of seduction. A man very familiar with the underside of kitchen sinks, the space behind heavy boudoir curtains and the recesses of wardrobes.
The arched eyebrow says it all! ~ Alisa

Rick said...

Weird. Eva said almost exactly what I was going to say. I'll only add (er, having read The Crow's comment) that Mr. Fripp is said to have been the inspiration for the title of Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets...

j. said...

all the above stories are nice, but, it is a little-known fact that George Arthur Fripp was Nietzsche's distant cousin (on his mother's side). He was visiting Nietzsche in Genoa for the summer and one day they went for a long walk and had a philosophical conversation. Nietsche was explaining how modern religion has essentially left God dead. George, being a morally upstanding citizen and a regular participant in his local church's events and services, was shocked to hear this. "My dear cousin," said George, "God's existence is self-evident." Nietzsche laughed at this and stated simply, "God and your precious morality have all been flushed right down the drain."

Upon arriving back to the summer house, George went and checked all the drains and pipes to see if Nietzsche was really right.

ArtSparker said...

J - good one.

Poet in Residence said...

George Arthur Fripp from Frisco
patented little cable cars for going halfway to the stars. Unfortunately he committed suicide by jumping off the Golden gate Bridge ... or was he pushed? Pinkertons never got to the bottom of it.