Monday, December 13, 2010

Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone

I own a couple of "Dean" books which I love.  A Mother Goose Book of Rhymes & A Book of Fairy Tales.  Both are illustrated by British children illustrators twin sister duo Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone.  Their work is so beautiful and sweet.   




 They always worked together, passing drawings back and forth across their studio until both twins were satisfied with the final outcome. Janet specialized in animals and birds. Anne focused on the period costumes that so dominated their work.




Because of their symbiotic collaboration, until the death of Janet in 1979, there was never a book illustrated under either one of their names alone.
I love this kitty cat procession.



Over the course of their career together, the sisters illustrated more than 100 books.
These included classic fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, J.M. Barrie, Charles Kingsley, a series based on Biblical tales, Roger Lancelyn Green's Tales of the Greeks and Trojans (Purnell and Sons, London, 1963)., as well as a large variety of rhyme and modern story-collections. The Johnstones also illustrated many of Paul Gallico's magical children's stories, working on Manxmouse, The Man who was Magic and Miracle in the Wilderness.




Their most collectible book to date is Enid Blyton's 1979 Dean book, called, The Enchanted Wood.

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