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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption:

Artist:
Monsell, Elinor Mary
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Darwin, Bernard
Title of Publication:
Tootleoo two
Publisher:
The Nonesuch Press
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1927
Curator Comment:
The author Bernard Darwin (1876 – 1961), husband of the illustrator Elinor Monsell, is better known as a golfer and writer on golf. However, both Darwin and Monsell collaborated on a number of children's publications including the 'Tootleoo' series. Established by 1923, Nonesuch Press was a private press founded by Francis Meynell, Vera Mendel, and David Garnet. Whilst the private movement was closely associated with luxury, expensive, limited edition productions, Nonesuch, in an effort to reduce costs, collaborated with commercial printers who used mechanical reproductive processes. However, productions were subject to approval by the designer, who maintained control of the project. Initially, the layout, composition and typesetting of all volumes was conducted on the premises on a manual Albion Press. Once design issues were resolved, printing was undertaken by commercial publishers.
Note on artwork:
A yellow dragon has captured Mrs Tootleoo but Mr Tootleoo climbs its spine to her rescue, brandishing the distinctive umbrella that reappears in the book. The cursive form of the dragon fills the space diagonally as it rears above a summary landscape. It is presented in a simple outline drawing style and limited colour range.
References:
Snoddy (2002)


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