Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Geoffrey Whittam illustrates The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

It's always fun to see how different illustrators approach classic texts that have already been illustrated many times before. This edition of Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam (b.1916 - d.c.1998). He was a professional illustrator and artist pretty much from the moment he got back from the Second World War. He was known for work on nautical subjects but also for a large number of 'pony books', children's books designed for girls which invariably included ponies and the adventures one could have on them. Partly overlapping with that he was also a major (and favourite) illustrator of Monica Edwards' books. This edition of Tom Sawyer was published in the Heirloom Library series, probably in the 1950s

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