I recently shared a picture from this title on my Raymond Sheppard blog and thought I’d share the rest here.
The book has no date, in common with a lot of these children’s Blackie books, the idea, I guess being their long shelf life. This particular one is a hardback with all pages of board.
Liss Llewellyn Fine Art have some biographical details and a lovely portrait of Marian Ada Peart. This illustration also appears in the Blackie’s Children’s Annual (33rd Year), illustrating a story called “The Cat Lady” written by ‘Q. K.’ I have reproduced it here for your pleasure!
This image also appears in Blackie’s Children’s Annual (33rd Year) accompanying the story “Marmalade” where a cat runs away and is found by Ian in the pet shop. B. Butler shows the moment Ian is asked by the owner “Can I help you, Sir?” – the text on the Annual’s illustration.
I can find only a few references to Allan Carter – born in 1909, and illustrated books for Oxford University Press and Blackie between 1928 and 1936.
I know this is Miss Inez Topham and that she must have died around 1957 as interestingly there is a Charity (no. 212667) set up on 16 January 1963, which I can only assume is the same lady as it states “WILL DATED 12 JUNE 1957” – and the charity is for “FOR THE RELIEF OF DISTRESSED ARTISTS.”. She does many illustrations in Blackie and Thomas nelson children’s books.
I suspect this might be Ralston R. B. Gudgeon (1910 – 1984) who painted wildlife images (and might he have done the cover to this book?)