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Helen Oxenbury (born 1938)


Helen Gillian Oxenbury (born 1938)

‘Her work is always wonderfully imaginative as well as technically brilliant’
(Nicholas Tucker, Country Life, 1989, page 254)

From her very first publications in the late 1960s, the clarity of Helen Oxenbury’s draughtsmanship has made her an ideal illustrator for the very young. In particular, her three series of board books are considered as having revolutionised the form. Still one of the most popular and acclaimed contemporary illustrators, she has won many prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award for both The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat in 1969 and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 2000.

Helen Oxenbury was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 2 June 1938, one of two children of Thomas Oxenbury, an architect and planning officer, and Muriel (née Taylor). She developed a talent for drawing at an early age, and was encouraged in this by her father, who produced watercolours in his spare time. At the age of 17, she left Ipswich High School for Girls, and began two years of study at Ipswich School of Art.

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