(1879–1951), prolific English illustrator. Appelton's career began with the publication of The Bad Mrs. Ginger (1902) in the small-format “Dumpy Books” series created by Grant Richards (to which belongs the famous Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman, 1899). Between 1902 and 1951, Appelton illustrated more than 150 books for children, whose contents vary from classical texts, such as William Blake's Songs of Innocence (1916) and Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1914) to the charming series of Josephine picture books, written by Mrs. H. C. Cradock. Josephine's adventures began in 1916 with Josephine and Her Dolls and continued over eleven books until the 1940s, making Honor Appelton one of the most popular illustrators for children of the time, along with Mabel Lucie Attwell and Margaret Tarrant.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.