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Ronald Lampitt

Of all the ‘golden age’ Ladybird artists, it could be argued that Ronald Lampitt has the most distinctive style.  He never received formal art training and it is interesting to speculate whether, had he attended art college, something of this…

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Art, Artists

Martin Aitchison, remembered

Martin Aitchison, died this week at the age of 96. You might not know his name, but if you are reading this post, there’s a good chance you remember some of his illustrations for Ladybird Books. Until this week I…

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Art, Artists, Reading schemes

I am Sparticus

Something I find fascinating is when photographs come to light that were used by Ladybird artists as studies for their artwork. Here’s one that appeared on Twitter (via @russellsdesk) a couple of months ago – along with the image from…

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Artists, History

The Ladybird Book that never was

  The original Kenney versions and a 1978 version When I met John Kenney’s relative (see last post) she asked me whether Ladybird had ever published a book in the Robin Hood series called ‘The Spy’. The reason for this…

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