Sybil Tawse: Gallery of Book Illustrations
This gallery of Sybil Tawse includes photographs of painted colour plates and illustrations in ink published between 1908 and 1941, which I have produced from books in my library in the interest of offering an online resource of the artist's work.
My admiration for these drawings by Sybil Tawse is the precise depth and quality of feeling she communicates in her subjects with only simple strokes.
The illustrations are organized by published book, listed below. The book titles link to the page containing the illustrations for that book. These web pages have a minimum of ornament and use no special scripts.
This gallery has 182 colour plates, 257 illustrations in ink, and 55 cover and dustwrapper images from 32 books, along with 64 documentary images including U.K. government records, coloured lithographs, watercolour paintings, and photographs.
These webpages were created and produced in Canada in April 2021, fifty years after Miss Tawse passed away in February 1971.
Sybil Tawse was born on September 26, 1886, the fifth child of George Tawse and Elizabeth Ann Harrison. The family lived in Bishopwearmouth (now part of Sunderland) in County Durham (now Tyne and Wear). She went to London to study at Lambeth School of Art and The Royal School of Art, where she was a King's Prize Scholar and a Silver and Bronze Medalist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and at the Brighton Art Gallery. In London she lived on Gloucester Road, South Kensington, with her sisters Catherine and Gladys, then with Gladys in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, building a steady career illustrating books, designing posters, and portrait painting. Tawse never married, passing away in Portsmouth on 6th February, 1971 at the age of 84.
Biographical documents: U.K. Census, Electors Register, Registration of Deaths, and location views.
Artwork of biographical interest: Coloured lithographs and watercolour paintings.
1907 · Painted Pottery Design (1907) and other paintings and drawings
1908 · Our Own Story Book by E. Nesbit, Sheila Braine et al (2 plates)
1909 · Nister's Holiday Annual  edited by Alfred C. Playne (illustration)
1910 · Funny Folks (4 plates)
1910 · Dulcie's Love Story by Evelyn Everett-Green (4 plates)
1910 · Aunt Judith: The Story of a Loving Life by Grace Beaumont (4 plates)
1910 · The Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb (24 plates)
1912 · Tales After Tea (frontis)
1913 · Stories for All Times (endpaper illustrations)
1913 · The Fairchild Family by Mrs. [Mary Martha] Sherwood (8 plates)
1914 · Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell (8 plates)
1915 · Tales from the Poets selected and arranged by W.J. Glover (8 plates)
1915 · The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales by Charles Kingsley (8 plates)
1919 · Stories of Gods and Heroes by Thomas Bulfinch (8 plates)
1920 · The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (8 plates)
1921 · Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Fredrich Marryat (8 plates)
1925 · That Boarding School Girl by Dorita Fairlie Bruce (cover)
1925 · Katherine the Queen by F.F. Montresor (watercolour illustration)
1926 · Miss Esperance & Mr. Wycherly by L.A. Harker (frontis and 44 illustrations)
1926 · Catriona by R.L. Stevenson (frontis)
1929 · In The Swiss Mountains by Johanna Spyri (8 plates)
1929 · Silas Marner by George Eliot (8 illustrations)
1930 · John Halifax, Gentleman by Mrs. Craik (frontis and 4 illustrations)
1932 · Mother Goose English nursery rhymes for children (12 plates)
1933 · Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (8 plates)
1935 · The Goodieman's Whistle by Agnes Grozier Herbertson (7 illustrations)
1938 · Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (8 plates)
1941 · Glen Robin by F.J.E. Bennett (frontis and 16 illustrations)
1976 · Read Me a Story compiled by Frank Waters
1979 · Playtime Reading with Mother compiled by Frank Waters
Books undated by the publisher use the year of publication shown in the British Library catalogue.
If you are aware of a book containing Sybil Tawse illustrations that I do not have here, or Sybil Tawse artwork on offer, please let me know in an email.
If you use these images in your article or blog, please acknowledge with a link to www.sybiltawse.info.
I have no reward for this work except for your links back to this location. Thank you. Images might be protected in the United Kingdom, where the regulations for intellectual property are not the same for term as Canada where these webpages are created and published.
The detail style and technique in the original paintings and illustrations varies over the thirty-five year publishing history represented in these galleries. How the paintings were colour separated for printing and the quality of production printing also varies significantly.
The images here are generally 520 pixels wide, for use with hand-held devices as well as laptop or desktop browsers. I am also saving the illustrations on boards at Pinterest at 1000 pixels wide, username PwyllDafydd (my Welsh name).
Most of these images have been captured from first edition copies with a iOCHOW S5 22-megapixel camera scanner, which device helps resolve any fuzziness, although with colour zone edges sometimes a little hard. Some books were done with a Canon LiDE 220 flatbed scanner where the iOCHOW result was too stark.