Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone Bibliography

This is intended as a helpful guide for anyone wishing to collect Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone books.  I make no claims about its completeness. 

Tales from the Arabian Nights. Retold by Enid Blyton Latimer House c1949 
Heidi by Johanna Spyri Heirloom Library c1949 
Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann John Gifford 1950 
Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift Heirloom Library undated 
The water babies by Charles Kingsley Heirloom Library undated 
Charlie the cat by H. W. Orchard Adprint undated 
Watch with mother Publicity Products undated 
Your pantomime book by Patrick Barrington Heirloom Library undated 
Bill and Ben the flower-pot men Publicity Products Twirly book No. 4 undated 
Tai Lu’s Birthday Party by S. Fraser and B. Thatcher Publicity Products Twirly Book No. 5. c1951 
Tai Lu Talking by S. Fraser and B. Thatcher Heinemann 1952 
Hans Andersen’s fairy tales Blackie undated 
Tales of Ancient Greece retold by enid Blyton Latimer House 1951 
Ross Salmon and the horse thieves by Ross Salmon Adprint undated 
Ross Salmon’s horse race by Ross Salmon Adprint undated 
Long ago England by Ida Foulis Ranelagh Press undated 
This land of Kings by Ida Foulis Ward Lock 1954 
The hundred and one Dalmations by Dodie Smith Heinemann 1956 
The black whippet by S. Sutton-Vane Viking Press, U.S. 1957 
Minka and Curdy by Antonia White Harvill Press 1957 
Crossing the road by John Pudney Antelope Books 1958
Hilary’s tune by Vivian Ellis Max Parrish 1960 
Eight rainbow tales by Diana Marr-Johnson Dean 1960
Rainbow’s pop-up book by Diana Marr-Johnson Dean 1960 
New tales from Grimm translated from the German Chambers 1960 
The family at home Blue bird picture book No 1. Chambers 1960
Robin’s book Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 2 1960 
Betty’s Book Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 3 1960 
Picture stories chambers Blue bird picture book No. 4 1960 
What are they doing? Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 5 1960 
Our work at school Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 6 1960 
Our little house Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 7 1960 
Find another Chambers Blue bird picture book No. 8 1960 
Playing games Chambers Blue bird main series No. 1 1961 
Toys and pets Chambers Blue bird main series No. 2 1961 
Happy days Chambers Blue bird main series No. 3 1961 
The Children’s story book Chambers Blue bird main series No. 4 1961 
Fun at Merry Ferry Chambers Blue bird main series No. 5 1961 
The hundred and one Dalmatians by Dodi Smith Puffin paperback 1961 
Robin bible stories of the Old Testament by Marcus Morris Longacre Press 1961 
Robin bible stories of the New Testament by Marcus Morris Longacre Press 1961 
Hilary’s holidays by Vivian Ellis Max Parrish 1961 
Dean’s gold medal book of rhymes Dean 1961 
Peter Pipkin edited by Rosemary Garland Young world productions 1962
Sing a song of playtime verses by Rosemary Garland Young world production 1962 
Dean’s gold medal book of rhymes No. 2 Dean 1963 The Arabian nights Ward Lock 1963 
The horse lover’s treasury Souvenir Press 1963 
Tales of brave adventure retold by Enid Blyton Dean 1963 
Tales of the Greeks and Trojans by R. Lancelyn Green Purnell 1963 
The finding out treasury Purnell 1964 
Dean’s gold medal book of fairy tales rewritten by J&AGJ Dean 1964 
Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins picture book Young world productions 1964 
Myths from many lands by R. Lancelyn Green Purnell 1965 
The emperor’s new clothes Nelson 1965
Dean’s gold medal book of fairy tales No. 2 Dean 1965 
Dean’s gift book of nursery rhymes Dean 1965 
Tales of long ago retold by Enid Blyton Dean 1965
The pirates of Penzance by W. S. Gilbert Nelson 1965
The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert Nelson 1965
The man who was magic by Paul Gallico Pan paperback 1966 
ABC of Nature by Anne GJ Dean 1966 
Sir Lancelot of the lake by R. Lancelyn Green Purnell 1966 
Folk tales of the world by R. Lancelyn Green Purnell 1966 
HMS Pinafore by W.S. Gilber Nelson 1966 
Iolanthe by W. S. Gilbert Nelson 1966 
The gondoliers by W. S. Gilbert Nelson 1966 
The yeomen of the guard by W. S. Gilbert Nelson 1966 
Dick Whittington Blackie 1967
Dean’s gift book of fairy tales Dean 1967 
Jack and Jill nursery rhymes Purnell 1967 
Here is a car by June Melser Collins minibook 1967 
Look at me by June Melser Collins minibook 1967 
Here is a bird by June Melser Collins minibook 1967 
The starlight Barking by Dodie Smith Heinemann 1967 
Dean’s gold medal book of rhymes No 3 Dean 1967 
Dean’s gold medal book of rhymes No. 4 Dean 1968 
Jason and the golden fleece by R. Lancelyn Green Purnell 1968 
Merlin’s magic Young world productions 1968 
Ancient Greece MacDonald junior reference library 1968 
Greek myths and legends MacDonald junior reference library 1968 
Little one’s prayers pop-up book Dean 1968 
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll World Distributors 1968 
A child’s book of prayers Dean 1968 
My treasury book of nursery rhymes Young world productions 1968 
Stories from Hans Christian Andersen retold by Mae Broadley World distributors 1968 
Manxmouse by Paul Gallico Heinemann 1968 
The pied piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning Dean 1969 
My rhyme book of nursery folk Young world productions 1969 
The best cat stories Pan paperback 1969 
Seven rainbow tales Mafia Stevens Dean 1969 
Rainbow the cook pop-up book Mafia Stevens Dean 1969 
Nursery rhymes Young world productions 1969 
A book of children’s names by J&A GJ Dean 1969 
Happy ever after by Magdalene Martin Young world productions 1969

My days of the week book Young world productions 1970 
Ormeau Knight & Forster 1970 
My baby Jesus pop-up book by A. E Passmore Dean 1970 
Christmas carols pop-up book Dean 1970 
The Befana’s toyshop by Gianni Rodari Dent 1970 
My picture book of animals by Anne Johnstone Dean 1970 
Pussy cat nursery rhymes Dean 1970 
Puppy dog nursery rhymes Dean 1970 
Nursery rhymes treasury Young world productions 1970 
A book of fairy tales Dean 1970 
Tales from the Brothers Grimm retold by M. Broadley World distributors 1971 
Tales of Ancient Greece retold by M. Broadley World distributors 1971 
The story of Maude Reed by Norah Lofts Transworld Carousel Books 1971 
A child’s garden of verse by R. L. Stevenson Dean 1971 
Dean’s new gift book of nursery rhymes Dean 1971 
Bible stories for children Dean 1971 
Prayers for children Dean 1971 
Another book of fairy tales Dean 1971 
Nursery rhymes new and old by M. Wimbolt-Lewis Dean 1972 
Dean’s gift book of nursery rhymes old and new Dean 1972 
Another book about Jesus by E. Ashley Dean 1972 
Youngster’s prayers Dean 1972 
The white cat by Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy Dean 1972 
Dean’s gift book of pussy and puppy nursery rhymes Dean 1972
Legends of Olympia (title in Greek) Cleanthis 1972 
My rhyme book of nursery land Young World Productions 1972 
My play book of nursery friends Young World Productions 1972 
Dean’s gold star book of rhymes Dean 1973 
A-Apple pie Dean 1973 
J & A. G. Johnstone’s gift book of fairy tales Dean 1973 
Mulberry bush book of nursery rhymes by A. Blackwood Nelson 1974 
Dean’s book of famous fairy stories after Hans Andersen Dean 1974 
More carols pop-up book Dean 1974 
More prayers for children Dean 1974 
Dean’s gift book of bible stories Dean 1974 
Dean’s gold star book of ride a cock horse nursery rhymes Dean 1975 
Gift book of prayers for children Dean 1975 
Tales from everywhere retold by M. Broadley World distributors 1975
Miracle in the wilderness by Paul Gallico Heinemann 1975 
Miracle in the wilderness Limited Edition linen binding Whittington Press 1975 
Miracle in the wilderness De Luxe edition leather binding Whittington Press 1975 
Tales from animal land retold by M Broadley World distributors 1975 
Gift book of Hans Andersen fairy tales Dean 1975 
Ride a cock horse nursery rhymes Dean 1975 
Happy days stories Dean 1976 
Leisure tales dean 1976 
Young folk tales Dean 1976
Playtime tales Dean 1976 
New little prayers pop-up book dean 1976
Little Jesus pop-up book by J & A. G. J Dean 1976 
Dean’s gold book of cowboys by J & A. G. J Dean 1976 
Dean’s gold star book of Indians by J & A. G. J Dean 1977 
Toytime tales Dean 1977 
Twilight Tales Dean 1977 
Time to play Dean 1977 
Bedtime tales Dean 1977 
Supreme book of bible stories retold by V. Salmon Dean 1977 
Supreme book of children’s prayers Dean 1977 
The midnight kittens by Dodie Smith W. H. Allen 1978 
Bible stories and prayers for children Dean 1976 
A book of children’s rhymes by J & A. G. J Dean 1978 
Dean’s gift book of cowboys and Indians by J & A. G. J 1979 
Little tots’ book of nursery rhymes Dean 1979 
Little one’s book of nursery rhymes Dean 1979
Toddlers book of nursery rhymes Dean 1979 
Tinies book of nursery rhymes Dean 1979 
The wonderful story of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Dean 1979 
The wonderful story of Sleeping Beauty Dean 1979 
The wonderful story of Puss in Boots dean 1979 
The wonderful story of Cinderella Dean 1979 
Ten little dogs Brimax books 1979 
The enchanted wood by Enid Blyton Dean 1979 
The enchanted wood De Luxe edition Dean 1979 
Christmas carols Dean 1979 
Santa’s toy shop Dean 1979 
The night before Christmas Dean 1979
Santa Claus is coming to town Dean 1979

A gift book of enchanting fairy tales Dean 1980 
Breaking a Horse to Harness: Step-by-step Guide by Sallie Walrond Pelham Books 1981 
My pop-up book ABC Dean 1982 
My pop-up book of baby animals by Anne Grahame Johnstone Dean 1982 
My pop-up book of nursery rhymes Dean 1982 
My pop-up book of fairy tales Dean 1982 
Hey diddle Diddle Readers Digest/Mothercare 1982 
My pop up book of Snow White & the seven dwarfs Dean 1983 
My pop-up book of Sleeping Beauty Dean 1983 
My best book of rhymes Award 1984 
My best book of rhymes (small format edition) Award 1984 
Ride a cock horse (Small format edition) Dean 1984 
Mein marchen buch (my fairy tale book) by the Brothers Grimm Pestalozzi Verlag, 1985 
A year of poems Dean 1986 
When your child comes into hospital Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton 1986 
The water babies by Charles Kingsley Award 1986 
Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M Barrie Award 1988 
Bible stories and prayers for children Treasure Press 1989 

Come away/neverland/the redskins/the pirates trap/the end of Hook/home again 6 miniatures in slipcase Award 1990 
My Christmas book of stories and carols by Linda Jennings Award 1990 
Christmas scenes with 30 detachable postcards Grange Books 1990s 
A country childhood with 30 detachable postcards Grange Books 1990s 
Driving a harness horse step by step guide by Sallie Walrond J A Allan 1992 
The Allen horse & pony frieze by A. G. Johnstone 1994 
Piebald is lucky by Mary May Manor Acre 1995 
The will to win by Mary May Manor Acre 1995 
Deep water at Dereen by Mary May Manor Acre 1995 
A patchwork of ponies by Mary May Manor Acre 1995 
The water babies (small format edition) Award 1996 
A year of poetry Award publications 1997 
Dancing peel by Lorna Hill Award publications 1997 
Dancer’s luck by Lorna Hill Award publications 1997 
The little dancer by Lorna Hill Award publications 1997 
Dancer in the wings by Lorna Hill Award publications 1997 
One for silver two for gold by Mary May Manor Acre 1998



The work of twins Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone is widely collected and greatly admired. The twins were born on 1 June 1928 to the painter and stage designer, Doris Zinkeisen, and her husband, Grahame Johnstone, a director of Johnnie Walker whisky and a captain in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Janet was the elder by Twenty minutes. When their father died in 1946, the twins continued to live with their mother first in London and then in Suffolk.

Anne and Janet were educated at Heathfield School, Ascot and then studied in London, at St. Martin’s school of Art. They established themselves as illustrators in the early 1950s and went on to illustrate over 200 children’s books. They also provided a large amount of artwork for Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben, contributing to the golden age of children’s television.

Anne and Janet worked together on their pictures, each adding a touch in turn until they agreed the picture was finished. Each sister, however, developed her own speciality, with Anne completing human figures and buildings while Janet depicted the birds and animals. Following the death of Janet, in 1979, as the result of an accident, Anne found herself suddenly and unexpectedly responsible for the continuation of the work. With admirable determination, she fulfilled outstanding commissions and taught herself the skills once employed by her sister. Anne went on to produce a great deal of work, and in May 1988 was elected to the Society of Equestrian Artists. She exhibited her work at Framlingham and Orford, and also in Cambridge and London, and continued to work until two days before her death on 25th May, 1998.  


2 comments:

  1. How wonderful, some of my all time favourites are included in this list. In fact I'm wondering if The Water Babies (undated) edition I have (it belonged to my mam) might be one of theirs. I'll have to check.

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    1. Thanks Tracy, glad you got into the post OK. Their artwork is quite distinctive so you will probably be able to tell if your copy of the water babies is illustrated by them. Thanks for calling in, I’m taking a bit of a blogging break at the moment but will be over to visit your blog soon.

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