Edward Ardizzone : Artist and Illustrator

Edward Ardizzone : Artist and Illustrator

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Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was one of the foremost and most prolific artists of mid-twentieth century Britain. Ardizzone is typically remembered for his children’s book illustrations. These include Clive King’s Stig of the Dump, C. Day Lewis’ The Otterbury Incident, Walter de la Mare’s ‘book of rhymes’ Peacock Pie and, in particular, his own ‘Little Tim’ series. 

This book, which accompanied an exhibition at the House of Illustration, provides the first fully illustrated survey of Ardizzone's work, analysing his activity as an artist and illustrator in the context of 20th-century British art, illustration, printing and publishing.

Copiously illustrated with many previously unpublished images, Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator also contributes more broadly to the current reassessment and investigation of mid-20th-century British art and illustration. Alan Powers (author of the bestselling Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer) has written a critically considered text which draws for the first time on the family's archives, those of Ardizzone's publishers, and conversations with those who knew the artist.This beautiful and enlightening book, which reflects in its design and production values the aesthetic of an artist who was closely involved in the production of his own illustrated books, will be a fascinating read both for specialists as well as for readers who have grown up with the unforgettable characters of Ardizzone's classic children's stories.

  • Author: Alan Powers
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Date published: September 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1848221826
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 24.9 cm