Zoo Calendar by L. R. Brightwell

What inspired me to write this blog was the discovery of artwork I liked – that simple! I had some ephemera that I’d love to see preserved so any researchers who want it can at least see it here! As a result of my discovery and joy is seeing L. R. Brightwell‘s artwork in Boy’s Own Paper I had an email from Stewart Gravenor who had commented earlier:

Brightwell was a local artist (Brighton) that my parents knew (he lived in Peacehaven). We ended up with a few sketches, posters and postcards split up between the kids when my parents died. I have a couple A3-ish sketch publication proofs with his hand written comments regarding improvements for the final sketches. Good talking point with visitors!

Stewart kindly sent these photographs of two pieces he owns:

Brightwell artwork

The Arcadian calendar for April – original artwork

The Zoo's Profiteers

The Zoo’s Profiteers – original artwork

I’m not going to start obsessing about where these appeared because a quick search shows Brightwell was a prolific author and artist! If anyone knows, let me know.

Anyway this inspired me to share my copy of Zoo Calendar (which can be picked up cheaply for a 200 pages). It’s not dated except by Brightwell who says “Since first the London Zoo was founded, a hundred and six years ago…” Well, London Zoo was founded in 1826 therefore, assuming no reprints occurred for this undated book, it looks to have been published in 1932. As we are in the month of may. I’ve scanned just that month and might carry on through the book depending on time.


Cover of Zoo Calendar


Front page




Title page






























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