Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Book illustration
  • Book illustration
    Leslie, Cecil Mary, born 1900 - died 1980
  • Enlarge image

Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1963 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leslie, Cecil Mary, born 1900 - died 1980 (illustrator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink with Chinese white highlights on paper, pasted onto card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. Hunter-Blair

  • Museum number:

    E.1577-1984

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 2

This illustration for Crowds of Creatures, published in 1964, is typical of the book illustrations of British artist Cecil Mary Leslie. Leslie began illustrating children's books in the 1930s, but was also known as an aquatint engraver and painter of portraits and still-life. She worked mainly in pen and ink, but as in this image, she used watercolours, crayon or chalk to add texture and provide highlights. She always drew from life and her illustrations were well researched.

Physical description

Drawing in monochrome of a herd of elephants for a picture alphabet on nouns of multitude.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1963 (made)

Artist/maker

Leslie, Cecil Mary, born 1900 - died 1980 (illustrator)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink with Chinese white highlights on paper, pasted onto card

Marks and inscriptions

A herd of great, grey, wise, good ELEPHANTS
top of image; printed; ink

CECIL LESLIE 1963
1) Signature; bottom right of image; ink

Dimensions

Height: 26.1 cm approx., Width: 19.5 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Book illustration to Crowds of Creatures, drawing of a herd of elephants for a picture alphabet on nouns of multitude, by Cecil Mary Leslie, in pencil, pen and ink and chinese white on paper with collaged captions, 1963.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clarke, Pauline. Crowds of Creatures. London, Faber & Faber, 1964.

Materials

Paper; Cardboard; Pencil; Pen and ink; Chinese white

Techniques

Hand-drawn

Subjects depicted

Elephants

Categories

Drawings; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.