Favourite Illustrations

I thought I would produce a post for today which was a little less taxing than having to read through an entire review, and focus instead on that which has been largely neglected on The Literary Sisters to date – that of the humble illustration.  I must admit that I still love books with pictures in them, even as an adult and a PhD researcher.  When I flip open the pages of a Persephone book and see lovely illustrations alongside the text, I delight a little.  There is just something so charming about them.

Without further ado, I am going to post ten of my favourite book illustrations.  I hope you enjoy this veering away from the literary!


1. John Teniell‘s iconic interpretation of Lewis Carroll‘s Alice in Wonderland



2. E.H. Shepard‘s delightful images in A.A. Milne‘s Winnie the Pooh (and friends)



3. Carson Ellis‘ wonderful drawings in husband Colin Meloy‘s Wildwood Chronicles series



4. Ludwig Bemelmans‘ adorable redhead, Madeline



5. The Moomins by my beloved Tove Jansson



6. The lovely Babar by Jean de Brunhoff



7. Beatrix Potter‘s whimsical animals

The Mice Sewing the Mayor's Coat circa 1902 by Helen Beatrix Potter 1866-1943


8. Quentin Blake‘s wonderful depiction of Roald Dahl‘s Matilda



9. Mary Cicely Barker‘s Flower Fairies, which enchanted me throughout childhood



10. Pauline Baynes‘ stunning drawings in C.S. LewisChronicles of Narnia series



There are no great surprises here, I’m sure!  Which are your favourite illustrations?  Have I featured any of them here?


3 thoughts on “Favourite Illustrations

  1. My favourite here is probably E.H. Shepherd’s Winnie the Pooh illustrations, but Quentin Blake remains to be my favourite illustrator! I also love Nick Sharratt’s work with Jacqueline Wilson (it’s not my favourite art style, but it’s a style that takes me right back to being a child again!)

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