HONOR APPLETON (1879-1951)

Honor Appleton

Honor Charlotte Appleton (1879-1951)



Honor Appleton represented childhood innocence without resorting to sentimentality, most notably in her illustrations to Mrs Cradock's read more...

Honor Appleton
Honor Charlotte Appleton (1879-1951)

Honor Appleton represented childhood innocence without resorting to sentimentality, most notably in her illustrations to Mrs Cradock's 'Josephine' stories. these are, for the most part, an exquisitely naturalistic depiction of a young girl's life, with occasional, but increasing suggestions that her dolls are also alive.

Honor Appleton was born in Brighton on 4 February 1879 and studied at the South Kensington Schools, Frank Calderon’s School of Animal Painting and the Royal Academy Schools. At the end of her first year at the RA Schools, she published
The Bad Mrs Ginger (1902). Evolving her own distinctive style through the assimilation of such nursery artists as Kate Greenaway, Annie French and early Mabel Lucie Attwell, she became a professional illustrator eight years later with Blake’s Songs of Innocence (1910). Continuing to keep herself well-informed about the work of her contemporaries, she subscribed to Percy Bradshaw’s correspondence course, The Art of the Illustrator, in 1917. During the following three decades she illustrated over a hundred and fifty books. While the best known of her early illustrations were for the ‘Josephine’ series, to texts by Mrs Cradock, she produced much other fine work. In the 1930s and 40s, she moved away from nursery subjects to concentrate upon children’s versions of literary classics for George G Harrap. Shrewd and independent, Appleton lived in Hove throughout her career, and travelled only on matters of business. She died on 31 December 1951, and was the subject of a memorial show held in Hove in the following year.

The very successful exhibition held by Chris Beetles in 1990 was the very first since the memorial show; the accompanying catalogue contains further information on her life and work.

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BYE, BABY BUNTING,
FATHER'S GONE A-HUNTING
ALL TO GET A RABBIT'S SKIN
TO WRAP THE BABY-BUNTING IN by HONOR APPLETON

BYE, BABY BUNTING, FATHER'S GONE A-HUNTING ALL TO GET A RABBIT'S SKIN TO WRAP THE BABY-BUNTING IN

SHOWING ROUGH TO THE TOYS by HONOR APPLETON

SHOWING ROUGH TO THE TOYS

DOROTHY TELLS THE CHILDREN A STORY by HONOR APPLETON

DOROTHY TELLS THE CHILDREN A STORY

SHE GAVE A LITTLE SHRIEK by HONOR APPLETON

SHE GAVE A LITTLE SHRIEK

HE LOOKED SO TERRIBLY PROUD AND IMPORTANT by HONOR APPLETON

HE LOOKED SO TERRIBLY PROUD AND IMPORTANT

AUTUMN by HONOR APPLETON

AUTUMN

BUT WHERE IS IT NOW? by HONOR APPLETON

BUT WHERE IS IT NOW?

HOW THEY HURRIED! by HONOR APPLETON

HOW THEY HURRIED!

SIR ROGER DE COVERLEY by HONOR APPLETON

SIR ROGER DE COVERLEY

WILLIAM PUT THE CAP ON HIS OWN HEAD by HONOR APPLETON

WILLIAM PUT THE CAP ON HIS OWN HEAD

THE PRINCESS CELANDINE DROVE UP IN A GORGEOUS CARRIAGE by HONOR APPLETON

THE PRINCESS CELANDINE DROVE UP IN A GORGEOUS CARRIAGE

SHE PULLED A LITTLE GLASS OUT OF HER POCKET AND LOOKED AT HERSELF by HONOR APPLETON

SHE PULLED A LITTLE GLASS OUT OF HER POCKET AND LOOKED AT HERSELF

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