Original hand embellished Limited Edition on canvas. Hand varnished, signed and numbered.

299 in stock


Old style beds in Europe and the Americas had mattresses that had to be tightened. Tense cords would pack straw used to soften the mattress. If the cords weren’t tense, then insects would infest the straw.

So in olden days, people would tighten the cords of their mattresses before they slept on the mattresses. If they didn’t, insects in the mattress would bite them.

I am not sure whether all these insects were precisely bed bugs as scientists define them today. I don’t believe all of them were even true bugs (i.e., Hemiptera). However, they were annoying little insects (bugs) that lived in the bed. Whatever species they were, some of this vermin bit humans.

Hence, the wise person ‘slept tight’ so the ‘bed bugs’ wouldn’t bite.

Additional information

Weight 1 g
Dimensions 560 × 1 × 760 mm


Australia Post

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Delivery Times

All prints are to be sent in a sturdy mailing tube via Australia Post.
Shipping costs will only apply to the first print that is purchased in that specific order, subsequent prints, in the same order will be included in the mailing tube sent. We will only send up to 4 prints in the one tube to avoid damage to the artworks. Any subsequent prints purchased in the same order will be packaged in a separate mailing tube at no further cost for shipping.

Original Artworks

All original artworks will be taken from the original frame and sent in a mailing tube directly to you via Australia Post. All artworks will be covered by insurance when sent.

Arrangments can be made prior to purchase if you would like the original artwork sent in a different manner. Please contact Graeme Stevenson to make arrangments and organise any extra shipping costs.