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Did Benois’ Part Create a Surge in Diagalev’s Balletic Art?

The above portraiture is of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) illustrated by Alexandre Benois over a proscenium arch from which the showman from Petruschka draws the curtains to reveal a scene from Le Pavillion d’Armide, with Petruschka hiding in the corner. Russian … Continue reading

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The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault as realised by Tom Kerr

Charles Perrault was born in Paris to a wealthy bourgeois family on 12 January, 1628.  He studied law before embarking on a career in government service, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother. He took part in … Continue reading

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Without this knowledge – you would be a Heath-en

To be a Heath-en you need to know about this English cartoonist and  illustrator, Heath Robinson  who is best known for his drawings of eccentric machines. As a concept, the term “Heath Robinson” is often used to describe unnecessarily complex … Continue reading

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Ernest Aris and the story of a fierce bad rabbit

Author and illustrator of children’s books Ernest Aris was born Alfred Ernest Walter George Aris, in Islington, London on 22nd April, 1882. He attained a Diploma from the Bradford Technical College and School of Art in 1900 and conducted further studies at the … Continue reading

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An Ambrosian approach to the Balletomane’s Sketchbook

This image is from the Balletomane’s Sketchbook by Kay or Katherine Ambrose. It is entitled “Alexander Wallewski – Maciek is dead, is dead!”. Kay Ambrose was born in Surrey 1914 and died in London on 1st December 1971. Kay was an author, illustrator, … Continue reading

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Ahoy there me matey! Where’s the pieces of eight?

Cecil Langley Doughty (born 7th November 1913), was a British comic illustrator, best known for his work “Knockout” and the educational weekly “Look and Learn”. Doughty was born in Withernsea, East Riding, Yorkshire and trained at the Battersea Polytechnic.  His earliest work was comic strips appearing … Continue reading

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For fortunes young and old – let the tarot speak

Tarot cards are a pack of playing cards which usually consist of around 78  illustrated cards which are considered a form of illustrative art. Tarot cards originated during the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group … Continue reading

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