Drawn Direct to the Plate: Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books

ISBN: 9780955839535
Artist(s): Noel Carrington
Author(s): Joe Pearson
Format: paperback
Year published: 2010
Publisher: The Penguin Collectors' Society
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 216
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout.


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This is Joe Pearson’s long-awaited study of Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books. Apart from a comprehensive survey of the books in this series, it places the series in the context of its lithographic precursors, principally Russian and French children’s books, and others published by Country Life. It also covers many of the Puffin Picture Books’ wartime rivals, such as Transatlantic Arts and Bantam Picture Books, as well as other works by many of the Puffin illustrators. Baby Puffins, Puffin Cut-out Books and Carrington’s later Harlequin Books are also covered in detail. The book ends with a section on Carrington and the Art of Lithography and an extended selection of Carrington’s own writings.

The book is a handsome production, in landscape format, 19.5 × 26cms, with 216 pages and 380 illustrations, the great majority of which are in colour.


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