MARGARET TARRANT (1888-1959)

From the late 1900s, Margaret Tarrant was preoccupied with chronicling innocent childhood in its many moods and its great variety of activities.
From 1920, her talents were channelled by her most important business relationship, with the Medici Society, which read more...

From the late 1900s, Margaret Tarrant was preoccupied with chronicling innocent childhood in its many moods and its great variety of activities.
From 1920, her talents were channelled by her most important business relationship, with the Medici Society, which still publishes her books, cards and calendars today. Though her approach could seem highly idealised, even romanticised, its success lies in the degree to which it was grounded
in close observation and the discipline of drawing from life.
Margaret Tarrant was born in Battersea, London and grew up in Margate and Clapham. She was educated at Clapham High School (1898-1905), where she won several prizes for drawing. In 1905 she started to train as an art teacher, but a lack of confidence in her ability to teach led her father, Percy Tarrant, to guide her into his own profession of illustrator. Soon after her move to Guildhall, Surrey, she illustrated her first book, a news edition of Kingsley’s The Water Babies (1908), and, from then on, was preoccupied with chronicling childhood in its many moods, its great variety of activities, and its innocence. Developing her talents through many and varied commissions and through further studies at Heatherley’s (1918, 1921, 1923), she began her most important business relationship only in 1920, with the Medici Society; ranging from books to calendars, Tarrant’s work for Medici gave her wide exposure and made her a much-loved figure throughout the nineteen-twenties and thirties. Following the death of her parents in 1934, she moved to Peaslake and made friends with the artist Molly Brett, whom she met on a course at Guildford School of Art. However, she was able to accept her circumstances and return to painting only in 1936, when the Medici Society sent her to Palestine; from that time, her religious paintings took on a new aspect. She continued to work until 1953, when her health, and particularly her eye-sight, deteriorated. In 1958, she finally let her house in Peaslake, and joined Molly Brett in Cornwall, where, on 28 July 1959, she died.
Key work illustrated: Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies (1908)

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BABY'S GRACE
THANK YOU FOR THE EARTH SO SWEET,
THANK YOU FOR THE THINGS WE EAT,
THANK YOU FOR THE BIRDS THAT SING,
THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING. by MARGARET TARRANT

BABY'S GRACE THANK YOU FOR THE EARTH SO SWEET, THANK YOU FOR THE THINGS WE EAT, THANK YOU FOR THE BIRDS THAT SING, THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING.

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU! by MARGARET TARRANT

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU!

SPRING MORNING by MARGARET TARRANT

SPRING MORNING

HEADING TO CHAPTER 8 AND LAST by MARGARET TARRANT

HEADING TO CHAPTER 8 AND LAST

'NOW,' SAID TOM, 'I AM READY TO BE OFF, IF IT'S TO THE WORLD'S END '
 by MARGARET TARRANT

'NOW,' SAID TOM, 'I AM READY TO BE OFF, IF IT'S TO THE WORLD'S END '

INTO THE STREET THE PIPER STEPT by MARGARET TARRANT

INTO THE STREET THE PIPER STEPT

HAMELIN by MARGARET TARRANT

HAMELIN

TOM AND ELLIE by MARGARET TARRANT

TOM AND ELLIE

TOM THUMB by MARGARET TARRANT

TOM THUMB

AT LAST THE PEOPLE IN A BODY
TO THE TOWN HALL CAME FLOCKING by MARGARET TARRANT

AT LAST THE PEOPLE IN A BODY TO THE TOWN HALL CAME FLOCKING

THE NURSERY DANCE by MARGARET TARRANT

THE NURSERY DANCE

I SAW A SHIP A SAILING by MARGARET TARRANT

I SAW A SHIP A SAILING

POLLY FLINDERS by MARGARET TARRANT

POLLY FLINDERS

IF I'D AS MUCH MONEY AS I COULD TELL by MARGARET TARRANT

IF I'D AS MUCH MONEY AS I COULD TELL

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO, MY PRETTY MAID? by MARGARET TARRANT

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO, MY PRETTY MAID?

DICKORY DICKORY DOCK by MARGARET TARRANT

DICKORY DICKORY DOCK

SIMPLE SIMON by MARGARET TARRANT

SIMPLE SIMON

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP by MARGARET TARRANT

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

LUCY LOCKET LOST HER POCKET by MARGARET TARRANT

LUCY LOCKET LOST HER POCKET

NURSERY RHYMES by MARGARET TARRANT

NURSERY RHYMES

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