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Honor Appleton (1879-1951)

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.