Materials received from Michael Bond in 1967.
Non-circulating; available for research.
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Margaret Emily Noel Nuttall-Smith who illustrates under the name of Peggy Fortnum was born on December 23, 1919. She spent her childhood in England and France, and attended the Turnbridge Wells School of Arts and Crafts, and the Central School of Arts and Crafts.
As a child she loved painting and ballad-writing and dressing up like characters she invented. She became a book illustrator by accident. After being discharged from the Auxiliary Territorial Service, she lived in London on a pension, and with the aid of a government war grant attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts. It was here that she met John Farleigh, the Art Director of the Sylvan Press, who was looking for an artist to illustrate children's books.
Fortnum has done work for children's television shows and various magazines in addition to her illustrations of Paddington Bear, which she draws "directly with pen and ink, often producing many versions." Her illustrations for Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon were exhibited in the British Museum. One of the works Fortnum illustrated, Margaret Jowett's Candidate for Fame (1955) was a Carnegie commended book in 1955.
The Michael Bond Papers (DG0104) contain an edited typescript of Paddington At Work.
A. BookPADDINGTON AT WORK by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (London:Collins, 1966) 1/1 Sketches, considered but not used in book, 16 items.
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