BFA 1972 and MFA 1978, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Printmaking and Sculpture) and
Art and Architecture History
Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall, 2018
Oil on canvas
54 x 42 inches
William Greene received a BFA in 1972 and an MFA in 1978, both from Miami University. Greene worked at Shillito’s in Cincinnati for several years and in Connecticut for one year for an animations company. Greene started his own company building large animated displays and props for department stores and shopping malls. Since most animation work was seasonal, Greene worked as a freelance sculptor and as an adjunct art instructor. Later, he worked at GE Aviation for 10 years before retiring to do freelance projects and his own artwork.
Humpty Dumpty, like most nursery rhymes, has a number of interpretations. This painting is based on an English Civil War (1642-1651) cannon that was nicknamed Humpty Dumpty because of its shape. In 1648, during the Siege of Colchester, the Humpty Dumpty cannon was mounted on the tower of St. Mary-at-the-Wall church where it defended the town for 11 weeks. Finally, the wall was destroyed ,and the cannon toppled to the ground, unable to be resurrected. An egg was never mentioned in the verse and was probably added in the late 1800s to make the rhyme easier for children to understand.