Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone Illustrate Greeks and Trojans


Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone have featured here before, twin sisters who lived together with their mother for the whole of their lives and worked as a team (their brother said they were like one and a half people when they were together not two) as illustrators of children's book throughout the middle of the twentieth century. I have a fondness for the lissome and lightly muscled, slightly over-extended figures they created: and what better setting for such than in this copy of Tales of the Greeks and Trojans by Roger Lancelyn Green (Purnell, London: 1963). It appears to be a scarce title but the illustrations throughout are delicious and have that all-important quality of being completely 'of their period'.









5 comments:

David said...

They were also used in Purnell's Find Out magazine series...

David said...

The magazine was actually called Finding Out...

eArnie Painter said...

Those illustrations are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your findings.

Ruzz said...

I have a wonderful King Arthur in the same series from my childhood. Immediately distinctive illustrations.

Ruzz said...

Apologies - it wasn't King Arthur, but Lancelot of the Lake, and is apparently ... rare. Shame it was one of my favourite childhood books and thus has some interesting crayon work.

 
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