Monday, 12 September 2011

Book of the week; Pads Paws & Claws


Written by W. P. Pycraft with illustrations by Edwin Noble, Published by Wells Gardner Darton, 1911. The illustrations comprise 32 beautiful tipped-in colour plates plus black and white chapter headings and tail-pieces.  Sixteen chapters each concerning a different animal or animals including the Dormouse, Camel, Gnu, Kangaroo, Bears, the Tiger, Zebras and so on. For me the biggest joy is the beautiful illustrations but as I know very little about Edwin Noble I decided to try a little online research.












There doesn’t seem to be very much information – I found one reference that simply said -

Member of the Royal Academy, Mr. Noble primarily worked as an animal artist and children's illustrator.

The London Transport Museum were more helpful -

Edwin Noble (also known by the name John Edwin Noble), born 1876, died 1941. Designed posters for the Underground Group 1916.
Educated; Lambeth School of Art; the Slade School of Fine Art; Royal Academy School;
Biography:
No biographical details

So if you have more information or know of anywhere I could look I would be delighted to hear from you.


I hope you enjoy the illustrations as much as I do. 


8 comments:

  1. Such beautiful drawings. Too bad not much is known of him. My favorite are those mice with such long legs. Love it.

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  2. These are absolutely wonderful illustrations. I'd love to know more about this artist and anything he produced. Thanks for sharing what information you found.

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  3. C. Lee
    I’m glad you like them. I would also like to know more about the artist and I’m hoping someone will have more information.

    Donna
    I have no idea what the ‘mice with long legs’ are but your description fits them perfectly. I wonder if Edwin Noble drew them without the benefit of seeing them.

    Thank you both for commenting
    Barbara

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  4. Hi Barbara, the paintings are wonderful. I especially enjoyed the ones with the giraffes.

    Found another book by Edwin Noble on GoodReads.com: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7429249-animal-drawing-and-anatomy

    Seems to be his how-to book ...

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  5. Thanks Claudine, what a lovely book. The description mentions that he was an art instructor – and that’s something else I didn’t know!

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  6. Barbara, this reminds me of my first book I still have it. Jerry the Giraffe.
    Ever hear of it?

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  7. I’ve seen a copy of Gerry the giraffe rhyming stories by June Woodman – is that the one? Thanks for calling in.

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  8. http://milfordonsea.blogspot.com/2013/10/did-anyone-know-edwin-noble.html

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I really appreciate your comment. Thank you!
Barbara xx

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