Monday, May 07, 2007
Willard Price: The Illustrations
A word should be said about the illustrations for these Cape editions of the series. All fourteen books were illustrated by Pat Marriott, a prolific illustrator for Cape perhaps best known for the cover of Ian Fleming’s Dr No. The illustrations are very much ‘of their time’ but there is something in them which goes beyond the particular style (which was very much in vogue in children’s books throughout the period of publication) and demonstrates a real artistic mind working underneath. In the hardback editions many of these illustrations were presented across double pages with no text at all and this ostentatious way of presenting them combined with the scribbly, rough-looking style takes some of them almost into the realm of abstraction.