These charming illustrations were created by
Dorothy M. Wheeler to accompany a
collection of nursery rhymes and music published
in 1916. The illustrations, with their characteristic
elaborate borders, were among Dorothy Wheeler’s
first works ever to appear in print.
Dorothy M. (Muriel) Wheeler was born in
Great Britain in 1891. She studied at the well-known
Blackheath School of Art, and during her career lived
and worked in Plumstead, Kent, and Esher, Surrey.
Her principal medium of expression was
watercolor painting. In addition, she brought
her unique talent for drawing with pure line to the
design of children’s book illustrations and postcards.
The early "comic strip" illustrations she created during
the 1940s and 1950s led to her becoming one of
the most sought-after illustrators for Enid Blyton’s
widely published children’s books.
Her illustrations also appeared in books by
Anne MacDonald, including A Pocketful of Silver
and Sung by the Sea. In 1955 Dorothy Wheeler published
her own illustrated version of The Three Little Pigs.
Dorothy Wheeler died in 1966.
Her final work, illustrations for The Ring O’Bells
Mystery by Enid Blyton, appeared in 1965.
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Just a few books illustrated
by Dorothy Wheeler:
-The Faraway Tree (No. 1)- 1950
-The Enchanted Wood – 1939
-The Magic Faraway Tree – 1943
-The Folk of the Faraway Tree – 1946
-The Little Tree-House – 1939
-Mandy Makes Cubby a Hat – 1953
-The Adventures of Mr. Pink-Whistle – 1941
-Mr. Tumpy Plays a Trick on Saucepan – 1952
-Mr. Tumpy in the Land of Wishes – 1953
-Mr. Pink-Whistle's Big Book – 1958
-Dame Slap and Her School – 1943
-Bumpy and His Bus – 1949
-Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan – 1949
-Up the Faraway Tree – 1951
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2 januari 2010