C. M. Barker

(1895—1973) artist and writer

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(1895–1973), British illustrator and author. Cicely Mary Barker is best known for her popular Flower Fairy series (Flower Fairies of the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Garden, Trees, and Wayside), published from 1923 to 1948. The books are notable for their winsome charm, ecological stance, and precise botanical detail. Portraits were drawn from child models dressed as flowers, expressing an individual personality consonant with the plant. Much of the text was the unacknowledged work of Barker's sister Dorothy. Other works include a child's hymnal, alphabet book, tales such as Groundsel and Necklaces and Lord of the Rushie River, and religious paintings and designs revealing Pre-Raphaelite influence.

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

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