Edgar Norfield – Great moments in a girl’s life # 16

1947 was still the height of rationing and ‘mend and make do’ in Britain


London Opinion 1947 Oct p29

I also like the Lilliput type juxtaposition – whether intentional or not of the windmill sails

Boy’s Own Paper – Doings at the Zoo – Brightwell


Boys Own Paper Vol61 p16

Leonard Robert Brightwell was an outstanding British etcher and illustrator of animal subjects, studying at the Lambeth School of Art, London. Countless visits to the Zoological Gardens, however, provided his most important artistic education. Brightwell became a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London in 1906 and a member of the Marine Biological Association in 1922. During the first half of the twentieth century he was commissioned by these associations and other museums to make scientific drawings of various forms of life, including extinct animals. Brightwell’s first illustrated book (A British Dog in France) was published in 1913. During the First World War (1914-1918) he served in the British Army. After 1920 Brightwell established himself as a major illustrator and as an author. Books written and illustrated by him include, A Cartoonist among Animals (1921), On the Seashore (1934), The Zoo You Knew (1936), Neptune’s Garden (1937), The Dawn of Life (1938), The Garden Naturalist (1941), The Zoo Story (1952) and Down to the Sea (1954). From approximately 1920 to 1932 L. R. Brightwell created a number of finely rendered etchings and engravings of animal life. All were published in London by James Connell & Sons in signed editions ranging from fifty to one hundred and fifty impressions. Taken  from: Art of the print

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p70

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p70 - Brightwell

In the Boy’s Own Paper, we see a lovely cartoon series by Brightwell, called “Monthly doings at the zoo”. I present them in order as they appeared in the BOP Annual volume 61. I can’t tell you which monthly versions they appeared in but I could hazard a guess, from the order they are printed in the Annual (and their labels)

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p130

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p130

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p210

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p210 - January

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p262 - February

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p262 - February

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p310 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p310 - March

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p375 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p375 - April

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p431 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p431 - May

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p479 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p479 - June

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p527 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p527 - July

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p575 - Brightwell

Boys Own Paper Vol61 p575 - August


Boys Own Paper Vol61 p623 September

For a bit more about Brightwell, see Steve Holland’s article on the Look and Learn site and his follow listing of Brightwell’s books on Bear Alley. One can still buy books by Brightwell including Zoo Calendar which may well be these illustrations and others.

Rowland Hilder

I love Rowland Hilder’s naturalism – paintings of the countryside. His watercolours show a light touch and a person who knows the English light in all seasons.I realised who he was from the style of his art

But this was new to me. Hilder as an architectural artist? This appeared in Lilliput February 1951 and I liked the clearly delineated Art Deco building. Imagine my surprise to find it still exist – but only just!

Lilliput 1951 February p12

Lilliput 1951 February p12 Rowland Hilder


I managed to capture the building – which looks run down – from Google Streetview


Royal Arsenal's Co-operative Society building, Powis Street


and then it occured to me to look further….

Francis Frith have an old shot of the building, the ‘True Londoner’ has scanned an old postcard and thanks to JinnytheSquinny we have a wiki photo showing how run down it is and thanks to urban adventurers we have some of the decaying inside captured!

How sad that it’s been left to decay so badly, and will soon be knocked down if Greenwich Council gets its way. Mind you it would take loads to re-develop!

Secret London tells us: This Art Deco extension was opened in 1938, designed by the company architect SW Ackeroyd. The metal Crittall windows are a notable Art Deco feature – the firm did windows on the Titanic. Sadly, by the mid-1980s, RACS had over-extended itself and had to sell out to the Co-operative Movement. 136-152 Powis Street SE18