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Jane Pinkney (born 1948)


Lesley Jane Pinkney (née Magee) (born 1948)

Jane Pinkney’s finely rendered depictions, reveal a variety of anthropomorphic narratives steeped in nostalgia and charm. Her work can be firmly situated within the tradition of illustrative art, and her name comfortably coupled with those of Beatrix Potter, Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham.

Jane Pinkney was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on 8 June 1948. The younger of two children, her earliest memories are of a rural idyll in which the family greenhouse, a garden of hollyhocks, and the painted borders of her sister’s bed feature most vividly. Her father was a mechanical engineer at the Sheffield steelworks, but also a keen amateur botanist and ornithologist. When Jane was just three years old, the family moved to Bradford, where she recalls spending many happy hours with her father at the nearby canal exploring the new and varied plants and insects, further stimulating her deep love of nature and her active imagination.

Her great aunts, on her mother’s side, were both artists, painting portraits and landscapes in oils, in the grand manner.

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