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

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.


By descent to Anoinetta Ardizzone, widow of Nicholas Ardizzone.

Seven Stories

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ
0300 330 1095

Opening times

Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun & Bank Holidays, 10am – 4pm

Closed Easter Sun, 25 – 27 Dec
Closed Mondays except during school holidays and Bank Holidays.

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