The enchanted forest of Deans: Books made me

I am entranced by Deans books illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.

There is something odd about their images – a touch of Mannerism, something of Aubrey Beardsley. They have a particular flair for gorgeous costumes.

Deans book of fairy tales

Deans book of nursery rhymes

The illustrations of Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone on the  March House Books blog says:

Janet and Anne are probably best remembered for their illustrations for Dodie Smith’s classic novel, The hundred and one Dalmatians, but they illustrated literally dozens if not hundreds of books. The twins worked on every picture together, passing illustrations backwards and forwards until both were satisfied, Janet concentrated on animals while Anne was the expert on period costume. Early commissions included editions of Heidi, Gulliver’s Travels and the water babies, all for the Heirloom Library.

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