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BRIAN WILDSMITH PAPERS

de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
The University of Southern Mississippi


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Creator: Brian Wildsmith
Title: Brian Wildsmith Papers
Dates: 1970
Quantity: .40 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: DG1215

Abstract: British author-illustrator Brian Wildsmith is renowned for matching brilliant color with exuberant style to produce illustrations that many think border on fine art. The Brian Wildsmith Papers contain an illustration painted for a Childcraft biography of Marco Polo.

Biographical Note

Brian Wildsmith was born in 1930 in the mining village of Penistone, Yorkshire, England. He won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, where he studied for three years. He also briefly taught music at the Royal Military School of Music, but soon gave up teaching to paint full-time.

Wildsmith believes that children like well-designed books with good illustrations and should be introduced early to art and culture. He reasons that "picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating, and the challenge of designing each page is very stimulating. I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child's visual appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life."

Wildsmith has a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest living children's illustrators. He is particularly popular in the USA, Europe and Japan. In 1986 he illustrated Katie and the Dream-Eater, written by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of the Japanese Imperial Family.

Wildsmith is married, has four children, and lives in the south of France.

Sources:
Major Authors and Illustrators, p. 2461-5
Profile of author on Jubilee Books web page:
http://www.jubileebooks.co.uk/magazine/authors/wildsmith.htm (accessed on June 3, 2002)


Scope and Content Note

The Brian Wildsmith Papers contain a single watercolor illustration created for a Childcraft biography of Marco Polo. It is organized into an anthology series.


Series and Subseries

A. Anthology (1970)

Childcraft: The How and Why Library, v. 13 (1970)


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Brian Wildsmith Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Provenance

The provenance for these papers is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, June 2002. Encoded into EAD Version 1.0 by Danielle L. Bishop. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

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Anthology

"Cut His Head Off!" story by Eileen Larsen, illustrations by Brian Wildsmith, in Childcraft: The How and Why Library, v. 13 (Chicago: Field Enterprises Educational Corporation, 1970)
1/1Original watercolor illustration for pp. 204-5, (1 item)

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