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Peggy Fortnum (British, b. 1919)

Margaret Emily Noel Nuttall-Smith who works under the name Peggy Fortnum was born in Harrow, Middlesex. She illustrated some eighty childrens' books, but is perhaps best-known for her timeless illustrations for Michael Bond's series of books on Paddington Bear from 1958-1974. She attended the Turnbridge Wells School of Arts and Crafts, and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. It was here that she met the artist John Farleigh, who was the Art Director of the Sylvan Press who recognised her ability as an illustrator. Her illustrations for Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon were exhibited at the British Museum.

Horne, Alan. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: 196-197.

Peggy Fortnum. A Spot of Decorating

A Spot of Decorating
original artwork for Paddington Bear
watercolour by Caroline Nuttall-Smith (the artist’s niece) over printed image
16 x 12.5 cm. (sheet)
Reference: Michael Bond. More About Paddington (1959); to illustrate Chapter 2. ‘A Spot of Decorating.' The image was first published in black and white in 1960 and reprinted in colour in the 1990s.

£450 (framed)

Peggy Fortnum. Paddington Bear gets a raise

Gets a Raise
pen and ink on paper
signed with initials and titled in pencil by the artist
18.5 x 14.7 cm. (sheet)


A very rare previously unpublished illustration of Paddington Bear.

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