Nora Unwin

(1907—1982) wood-engraver and illustrator

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(1907–1982), British illustrator, painter, wood engraver, and author. Born into a family long connected with printing and publishing, Unwin studied at several art schools (1924–1932). Her first commission was from her great uncle, T.Fisher Unwin, for a drawing for a novel he was publishing by E. Nesbit. She was to do many more illustrations for this famous British publishing house, some for books she wrote herself and some for well over a hundred more. Working primarily in black and white, either through the medium of wood engraving or else with pen and ink drawings, she wrote her first work of fiction, Lucy and the Little Red Horse (1943) together with her friend Gwendy Caroe. Later emigrating to America, she worked on twenty- six books with the American writer Elizabeth McGreal Yates, another close friend. Her drawings for E. Tregarthen’s The Doll Who Came Alive (1944) were based on her own collection of wooden-jointed dolls.

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

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