Margaret Tarrant was a prolific English illustrator
that created posters, greeting cards, calendars,
postcards and books for fifty years.
She was most popular during the 1920’s
and 1930’s for her romantic depiction of
children, fairies and animals.
Tarrant was born in Battersea,
a suburb of south London in 1888.
She was the only child of Percy Tarrant,
the landscape painter, and his wife, Sarah Wyatt.
Percy was a successful illustrator of magazines
as well as books and greeting cards.
His work was very influential in her life and
he her encouraged her to take up illustration.
As a child, Tarrant would set up an ‘Exhibition Tent’
with sheets, pin up her art work and invite
her parents inside for viewing.
"It was the White Rabbit, looking anxiously about
as if it had lost something, and muttering to itself,
'The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh, my dear Paws!
Oh, my fur and whiskers!
Where CAN I have dropped them, I wonder?”
Her first training was in the art department
of Clapham High School, where she won
several awards for drawing, then moving on
to Clapham School of Art. She briefly trained
as a teacher, but turned to watercolor painting
and illustrating instead. After she had already been
established as in illustrator, in 1918, 1921 and 1923,
she studied at Heatherley’s School of Art, in London,
and in 1935 at Guildford School of Art,
where she met fellow artist Molly Brett.
“I began drawing at a very early age and
have never lost my love of it nor
my great interest in all artistic work.”
She said in an intervieuw!
. "What did they draw?", asked Alice.
"Treacle," said the Dormouse,
without considering at all this time."
"Two began, in a low voice, " Why, the fact is, you see,
Miss, this here ought to have been a RED rose-tree,
and we put a white one in by mistake, and if the Queen was to find
it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know,"
“Just about as much right, " said the Duchess, "as pigs have to fly."
Margaret Tarrant was een populaire Engelse
illustrator. Ze creëerde posters, wenskaarten,
kalenders, ansichtkaarten en boeken.
Ze was vooral erg populair in de jaren ‘20 en ‘30.
Tarrant werd geboren in Battersea,
een voorstad ten zuiden van Londen in 1888.
Ze was het enige kind van Percy Tarrant,
een landschapsschilder, en zijn vrouw, Sarah Wyatt.
Percy was een succesvol illustrator van tijdschriften
en boeken en wenskaarten. Zijn werk was zeer
invloedrijk in haar leven en hij heeft
haar aangemoedigd om te gaan illustreren.
Haar carrière als freelance kunstenaar
duurde 50 jaar tot zij stierf in 1959.
Ze won verschillende prijzen,
ze heeft een opleiding aan de kunstacademie
van Clapham High School, Londen gedaan.
Enkele boeken van haar:
-The Water Babies (1908)
-The book of Authum (1910)
-The Pied Piper of Harnelin (1912)
-Goblin Market (1912)
-Fairy Tales (1915)
-Alice in Wonderland (1916)
-The Magic Lamplighter (1926)
-Johann the Woodcarver (1949)