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Honor Charlotte Appleton was born on February 4, 1879 in Brighton, England. She studied art at the Royal Academy and went on to illustrate more than 100 books, including editions of Charles Perrault’s and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. She died in 1951.
…And that’s about all the information I could find online—Honor Appleton doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. I discovered one of her illustrations (the first one below) in Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the same book that introduced me to Kay Nielsen. Her paintings have a very delicate style, and to be honest, sometimes it’s a little too sweet for my taste. Still, her Snow Queen will always be my favorite. (http://ammccarron.blogspot.nl/2015/04/artist-spotlight-honor-c-appleton.html)
Honor Charlotte Appleton was born in Brighton, England, on February 4, 1879.
She started her illustrating career as a student of the South Kensington Schools, Frank Calderon’s School of Animal Painting, and the Royal Academy Schools. After this thorough and dedicated early study, Appleton went on to develop a distinctive and delicate watercolor style. At the end of her first year at the Royal Academy, she published her first book of illustrations, The Bad Mrs Ginger (1902).
Influenced by contemporary illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson, Kate Greenaway and Jessie Willcox Smith, Appleton illustrated over 150 books during the course of her career. The best-known of her early illustrations were for the ‘Josephine’ series (books concerning a ‘family of dolls’ and their exploits). These were beautiful and childlike images, set to texts by ‘Mrs H. C. Cradock’ (1863-1941). Appleton’s first ‘big break’ in the world of illustration came with her drawings for William Blake’s Songs of Innocence (1910), which cemented her reputation as a firstclass illustrator.
Her most famous works include Our Nursery Rhyme Book (1912), Charles Perrault’s...