de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.60 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Materials received from Victor Ambrus between 1969 and 1986.


Noncirculating; available for research.


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Biographical Sketch

Laszlo Gyozo Ambrus, who writes and illustrates under the name Victor Ambrus, was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935. He began drawing as a small child and eventually attended the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art for three years, where he studied graphics, etching, lithography, anatomy, and illustration.

In 1956 Ambrus fled Hungary following the failure of the uprising against Soviet occupation. He emigrated to England where he resumed his education at the Royal College of Art in London, from which he graduated in 1960. While studying at the College he met Glenys R. Chapman, whom he married in 1958. Ambrus illustrated his first book during his last year of college, and the publication of one of his drawings in the London Times Literary Supplement eventually led to a number of commissions from publishers to illustrate children's books. Once established, Ambrus became a free-lance illustrator. He has since illustrated more than one hundred books for young people and has written or adapted more than a dozen children's books himself. He prefers to work in clear, brilliant colors, especially when illustrating folk tales.

Ambrus has won many honors and awards for his books. He was twice a runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal before he won the award in 1965 for The Three Poor Tailors and again in 1975 for Mishka and Horses in Battle. He is a member of the Royal College of Art, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers.