Robin Jacques


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(1920–1995), a self-taught illustrator who left school at age fifteen. Jacques contributed to many magazines as well as illustrating a number of books for children, including twenty anthologies put together by Ruth Manning Saunders. Working with a fine pen, sometimes with additional color wash, Jacques excelled at period drawings, meticulously reproducing costumes and furnishings from the past. His feeling for character and atmosphere was always striking, creating an effect often hovering between melodrama and dark humor. His Illustrators at Work (1973) includes his thoughts about illustration, both as a teacher and a practitioner. His sister, Hattie Jacques, was a popular character actress.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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