E. Ardizzone - Author Picture

E. Ardizzone - Illustrator

Illustrator for Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda series.

While working as a statistical clerk from 1919 to 1926, at his mother's urging he also spent three evenings a week in art classes at Westminster School of Art. In 1926 after his father gave him a sum of money, he left his job and devoted all his time to art. In 1928 he married Catherine Anderson and received his first commission as an artist: forty drawings for Johnny Walker, the whisky distillery. Although he earned a good fee, he learned he was not destined to be an advertising artist. In 1930 Ardizzone's first show at Bloomsbury Galleries received glowing reviews. As a result, he won his first contract as an illustrator of Sheridan Lefanu's book, In a Glass Darkly (1929). Ardizzone has said he did his best work on this title. Later he wrote and illustrated the story of Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain for his own children; Oxford University Press published it in 1935 with great success. This book led to several more in the popular "Tim" series. Ardizzone developed his writing style from telling stories to his children and later his grandchildren. He believed an illustrator should not draw down to children but draw up to please oneself. In this way, he treated a small illustration in the same way as a piece for an exhibition.

He died at his home in 1979.

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by E. Ardizzone

The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda
Christianna Brand - illustrated by E. Ardizzone
Beautifully reproduced in a pocket sized edition with a handsome Edward Ardizzone cover and a neat little book mark, this is a welcome reissue of the true source of the first Nanny McPhee film. Mr and Mrs Brown have a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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