Cecil Mary Leslie, 'Elephants' 'Apes'

Cecil Mary Leslie, 'Elephants' 'Apes'

Cecil Mary Leslie
'Elephants' 'Apes'
1963
Pencil, pen and ink and Chinese white highlights on paper, pasted onto card
Illustrations for 'Crowds of Creatures' by Pauline Clarke (London: Faber & Faber, 1964)
Museum nos. E.1572-1984, E.1577-1984

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 an aquatint engraver and painter of portraits and still-lifes. She worked mainly in pen and ink, but used watercolours, crayon or chalk to add texture and provide highlights, as seen here. She always drew from life and her illustrations were well researched.

This image can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 1.