[A set of original illustrations by Neave Parker for 'Chips the Alsatian'.]
Eighteen (18) pen & ink drawings on scraperboard, cut to various sizes: six c.240 x 165mm, 9½ x 6½"; the rest 195 x 160mm (7¾ x 6¼"), or smaller. Various pen and pencil annotations to margins and versos; all are captioned with their intended positions in the text, i.e. 'Chap 4 page 36'. Larger images also with relevant quotation. Most with pinholes to margins; generally a little bumping and creasing to sometimes rough-cut extremities. Altogether a fine set.
The book by Lady Kitty Edith Blanche Vincent (afterwards Ritson) was one of the 'Animals All' series of children's books. It was first published in London by T. Nelson & Sons in 1940. A unique archive of lively and engaging images following the life of a robust Alsatian puppy to adulthood; scenes of the dog at work and play, in a variety of poses and engaged in a variety of activities, indoors and outdoors. One image features a pony. The final sketch is lettered 'The End' in pen in thick ruled Gothic script. W. Neave Parker (1910 - 1961) worked as a surveyor for a short while before going on to serve in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, working in the Photographic Unit. After making the acquaintance of Maurice Burton, a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum and also honorary science editor at the Illustrated London News, he began to produce animal illustrations. The first of his drawings of prehistoric animals appeared in the Illustrated London News on 30 September 1950. He became an accomplished scientific illustrator and the National History Museum commissioned him to do a series of picture postcards; the museum retains the 19 original drawings for this series. Parker also illustrated numerous children's books. His drawings are held in the Ulster Museum and he was the subject of an exhibition there entitled, ' The Prehistoric World of Neave Parker' in 1993.
[Ref: 25284] £650.00