Margaret Tempest (died 1982)
'The Witch's House'
Watercolour on board
Museum no. E.101-1980
Margaret Tempest's children's book illustrations are characterised by subtle shades of watercolour as seen in this image of a witch's house. Tempest began her illustrating career in the 1920s and is best known as the illustrator of the long-running series of children's books written by Alison Uttley, which featured the characters Little Grey Rabbit and Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog. The individual characterisation in Tempest's images made the characters household names and artist and author often disagreed as to who could take the most credit for creating them. Published from 1929, the series is still being re-issued today. Tempest illustrated the first 30 of them until 1970 and also wrote and illustrated 20 books of her own in the 1940s and 1950s, including the Pinky Mouse and Curley Cobbler series.
This image can be found in Print Room Box 1.