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
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)
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.