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The books of Margaret and Helen Johnson

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Margaret S. Johnson, and her mother Helen Lossing Johnson, were the authors and illustrators of wonderful children’s books featuring dogs, cats and horses. The pair collaborated on 17 books together, then after her mother’s death, Margaret wrote and illustrated 17 additional books of her own.  Helen Lossing Johnson was born in 1865 in Poughkeepsie, New [...]

October 6th, 2010 | Posted in Artists & Illustrators,Books | Read More »

Diana Thorne, Canine Artist Part I

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  DIANA THORNE WAS born Ann Woursell on October 7, 1895 in Odessa, Russia though it is widely reported she was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The oldest child in a family of four girls and two boys, Thorne was raised on a farm near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She started drawing dogs as a young child [...]

September 17th, 2010 | Posted in Artists & Illustrators,Books | Read More »

Buster Brown and Tige

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ALONG WITH HIS dog, Tige, Buster Brown started life as a comic strip character created by the great R. F. Outcault. The strip appeared from 1902 through to 1926 and Outcault died in 1928. In 1904 Outcault travelled to the St Louis World’s Fair where he set up a booth and sold up to 200 [...]

September 9th, 2010 | Posted in Artists & Illustrators,Vintage Dogs | Read More »

Louis Wain the man who drew … DOGS!

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WITHOUT A DOUBT LOUIS WAIN was one of England’s most visible artists to straddle the Victorian-Edwardian era. His anthropomorphic cats gaily strolled about the countryside, played golf and took their lessons with scholarly aplomb, but fans are often not aware that Wain had intended to make his living from drawing dogs. Indeed some of Wain’s [...]

September 6th, 2010 | Posted in Artists & Illustrators,Postcards & Paper | Read More »

Lucy Dawson, Dog Artist

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  ONE OF MY favourite dog illustrators is the largely underrated 20th century canine artist, Lucy Dawson (aka Mac). Since becoming interested in her work a few years ago I have noticed her band of collectors grow, however many of her book and postcard illustrations can still be bought for a reasonable cost. Lucy Dawson [...]

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Artists & Illustrators,Books,Dig This News,Vintage Dogs | Read More »

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