Set of original illustrations for 'The Little Train' by Graham Greene by Edward Ardizzone

This is the complete suite of watercolour illustrations by Ardizzone for one of only four picture books for children written by Graham Greene.


Details

Medium:
Watercolour; pen & ink drawing
Dimensions:
Various
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £50,000)
Acquired in:
2011
Vendor:
Antoinetta Ardizzone

The work is a fine example of the sub-genre of picturebooks featuring train characters. Seven Stories holds most of the artwork, by Dorothy Craigie, for the first edition of this book, which was published in 1946. Acquisition of this later work by Ardizzone provides a wonderful opportunity to contrast two completely different visual interpretations of the same story. The acquisition also includes a complete pen and ink dummy book, with draft illustrations on each page, providing a valuable insight into Ardizzone's creative process.

Provenance

By descent to Anoinetta Ardizzone, widow of Nicholas Ardizzone.

Venue details

Seven Stories 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Tyne and Wear NE1 2PQ 0300 330 1095 www.sevenstories.org.uk

Entry details

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