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Artist Frank Humphris

I feel a bit of guilt about Frank Humphris. Until now he wasn’t mentioned on my Ladybird Artists‘ web page and he isn’t currently featured in my Ladybird Artists exhibition. My website and the exhibition focus on the golden-age artists…

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Art, Artists, History

Is there a ‘Ladybird Style’?

There isn’t one ‘Ladybird’. The name means different things to different people. No one, (no – not even I) grew up in a house with every Ladybird book available. We may have had a few around the house and then…

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Bentalls
Artists, History, Society

In a Big Store

Part of the pleasure of re-reading the ‘People at Work’ books today is that, unlike so many Ladybirds which dealt with fiction, history or Nature – their stated aim was to show children contemporary, urban Britain. But when the contemporary…

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Art, Artists, History

John Berry

When in later life John Berry sat down to write his memoirs he gave it the working title ‘A Brush with Life’.  It was a good choice  to sum up the working life of an artist who created such sensitive,…

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