Thelwell in Lilliput continued

Thelwell drew illustrations for a series called “When the fighting was thinnest” – and as the explanation goes in episode 1 in Lilliput March 1956:

“The time has come to report on the lunatic war as experienced by 95 per cent of the nation 95 per cent of the time. In Lilliput, well-known writers will reveal what took place “When the fighting was thinnest””

The problem was that the series was not always clearly labelled so I’ve added images from several that I think should be from this series but not necessarily all of them. If you need to know more let know

Thelwell in Lilliput magazine

I’ve been scanning artwork for my other blogs from the Lilliput magazines I won and thought I’d share these Thelwell illustrations as they are not well known. rather than label them all individually I’ll say they are from 1955-1957, some accompany a long story; some a series with different authors; some individual articles. If you want more details, just ask!

Robin Jacques in Lilliput and Radio Times

We know quite a bit about Robin Jacques (brother of Hattie apparently!) so I shan’t say much just share some lovely illustrations I found while browsing some magazines. The first gallery comes from Lilliput between 1953-1955 just because I own them. If I find more I shall add them here.

The second batch come from the Radio Times – again there’s no logic to why they appear – except I like his work – and these are not ALL the images from the Radio Times!

The Watchmakers of Switzerland

I’ve scanned a lot of artwork I like in the Lilliput magazine and here are a series that appeared over a few years between 1951-1953. There were others but I love this woodcut-like appearance. The last one has a signature that looks like “Rose”. They come from:


How are these drawn and reproduced? – I’m happy to be educated!

Adele Collins in Lilliput magazine

I was writing about Raymond Sheppard’s work in a copy of Lilliput 1956, July to be precise, and discovered a bit about this lady and felt someone might be searching for information about her so I’m sharing what I have.

Lilliput July 1956

Lilliput July 1956

The Lilliput magazine contents page always credited the artists who drew the covers but from November 1955 the publisher used a photograph (with a few ‘designer’ covers in the later Fifties) and often the photographer (and subject) are not credited. However in this issue there is a feature about “The daring young lady on the firmly attached flying trapeze”.  Below is a small resolution scan of the double page article


The lady in question is Adele Collins (not the modern singer!) who appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines and whose famous portrait by Norman Parkinson appeared in the National Portrait Gallery. She is featured again in a later Lilliput that someone has already scanned.

Here are two full page scans of the feature. Enjoy yourselves!

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.41

Lilliput July 1956 p.41

Rowland Hilder and Cornwell revisited

I had a lovely conversation with John Iddon, a fine art dealer, at a show in January 2013. It was held unusually in the Science Museum and I had a great time. I had previously bought a Roy Wright original from him. This time he had, on display, the very Rowland Hilder I wrote about in a previous blog article! It shows the Co-op store in Cornwell, a tiny hamlet in Oxfordshire. here it is again….

Cornwell Co-Op by Rowland Hilder

Cornwell Co-Op by Rowland Hilder

At the show I asked John for permission to take a couple of snapshots on my phone for my reference and here there are – crude in quality, which you’ll have to forgive

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Cornwell Co-op by Hilder in colour

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The caption accompanying the watercolour

The latter states:

Cornwell Store
Featured in the national Press in 1950
this watercolour was presented to Lord and Lady Robert Crichton Stuart by the C.W.S. Directors
The painting was originally commissioned by the C.W.S. Publicity Department
for the series, “Windows to a new world”

CWS of course stands for Co-operative Wholesale Society, which still exists and the Internet tells me that “Lord Robert Crichton-Stuart (12 December 1909 – 1976), married Lady Janet Egida Montgomerie (1911–1999), daughter of Archibald Montgomerie, 16th Earl of Eglinton “and they had issue” – as it formally states.

My wife and I, on the way home from Tewkesbury recently, decided to head to Cornwell to check out what the place looks like and if the store still stood there. I’m pleased to say, the building remains and we were very fortunate to get there in sunlight!  It is so quiet a spot in Oxfordshire and we saw one person the whole time we were there. I see that the manor House is actually detailed (we couldn’t approach it as it stated it was very private property!) and can ‘be hired’ Here are our photos of the village:

Approaching the store

Approaching the store

First view of the store

First view – easily recognizable

Close-up of the store

Close-up of the store as it is now

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The view after walking past – looking back

My ever patient wife asked me why I wanted to visit Cornwell and I admitted it was a childish detective work that gave me a thrill. I discovered the picture accidentally in Lilliput magazine and then the original at a show I attended and wanted to see the site itself. At least she’s not married to someone whose obsession is the pill boxes of France from World War Two!

“Hunter” in Lilliput

This artists merely signed himself ‘Hunter’ and having hunted far and low (sorry!) I can’t find anything about him but hope that in writing this someone may turn up something for me.

I like his solid approach to art and have seen him before but never a credit or first name! He looks a bit like John Ryan (Captain Pugwash creator) to me


Lilliput 1950 Oct p24

Lilliput 1950 Oct p24 – Hunter

Lilliput 1950 December p124

Lilliput 1950 December p124 – Hunter

Lilliput – Rowland Hilder

In a previous post I showed an advert for the Co-operative Society drawn by Rowland Hilder. I loved the line work and I’ve found a few more.

This time in Lillput November 1950 page 20 we see the mysterious village of Cornwell, Oxfordshire.I say mysterious because a search of the Net shows not much about the place. A blog entry by the widely travelled Philip Wilkinson shows that it is an “estate village”. Another search brings up Francis Frith (the photographer who captured Britain for posterity in the past). I think we are looking from the other end of the street here but I can’t find much more of value. Panoramio normally has splatterings of photos on Google maps, but luckily this one shows another view of Hilder’s drawing.  British Listed Buildings has an entry but very thin! A mysterious place indeed!

Cornwell, Oxfordshire by Rowland Hilder


Victoria in Lilliput

Lilliput June 1939 p631

Lilliput June 1939 p631

This interesting piece is drawn by Victoria. An article appeared in Picture Post, of all magazines, explaining her story.


Victoria and her cat

“You’ve smiled at Victoria’s illustrations of Readers’ Letters. Have you wondered, like many others, what she’s like and how she works? Our letter-editor’s call often catches her on the point of leaving for her week-end in the country. The same evening the drawings are in the post.

You can’t get mad at Victoria. If you try she just wrinkles her forehead – and smiles out of bright yellow gremlin eyes. She’s an artist without temperament: a woman with a tremendous capacity for lightning work. And she needs it. Her drawings to Readers’ Letters have to be posted a few hours after they’re commissioned. Sometimes, she says – in emergencies – its’ like a stage-trick performance.

Victoria’s father is a serious painter of the academic school, and she herself began drawing at the age of three. But there were always other things which interested her as much.

She loved dancing: and might still be doing it to-day had not an illness prevented her. As a child Victoria was a born athlete. She swam, sailed, climbed trees. At her co-educational school in the Bavarian Alps she even kept goal for the football team.

When she was 15 Victoria set out for Berlin alone. She went to art school there and was quick to show a flair for design and colour. Her first job was as artist-assistant editor to a fashion magazine at a salary of five pounds a month. A year later she was earning around fifty – and working too hard.

When she came to England she had to begin all over again. She started drawing for Picture Post in our first year, and for Lilliput form the third issue- and has never stopped.”


Lilliput 1939 June Issue 24 p551

I could have scanned hundreds of examples, but Chris Mullen has far more than I would have scanned and he has a better biography too.

Eric Fraser in Lilliput

I was always struck by Eric Fraser’s work. When browsing older magazines one is bound to trip over it in Lilliput, Radio Times and other places. It’s easy to spot as it looks like woodcuts and is bold black and white usually and if not fully signed with his ‘curly’ name there will be an ‘ef’ somewhere.

Eric Fraser was born in 1902 and died in 1983. There is a book on Eric Fraser: Designer and Illustrator

Here are a few examples that I found and wanted to share. I apologise for not capturing all the story titles but at least you have the issue dates

Eric Fraser illustration


Lilliput May 1940 p429

Lilliput May 1940 p427

Lilliput May 1940 p427

Lilliput May 1940 p397

Lilliput May 1940 p397

Lilliput May 1940 p395

Lilliput May 1940 p395


Interesting nationalism! from Lilliput June 1939 p545

Lilliput June 1939 p547

Lilliput June 1939 p547

Lilliput June 1939 p564

Lilliput June 1939 p564


Lilliput June 1939 p585

Lilliput June 1939 p586

Lilliput June 1939 p586

For more see Chris Beetle‘s lovely art gallery and Chris Mullen‘s selection or just go and have a fantastic waste of time which is tremendous fun!