[Original book illustrations for 'Larry Blackcap' by Dorothy Edith Corkill.]
Six pen & ink on scraperboard; original book illustration for 'Larry Blackcap' by Dorothy Edith Corkill (1940). Image 240 x 150mm. 9½ x 6". Ruled frame, signed in inset cartouche, captioned in pencil to lower margin. The whole laid down to stiff black card with original tissue guard leaf preserved.
A series of original book illustrations for 'Larry Blackcap', the story of a Black-headed Gull, writen by Dorothy Edit Corkill. 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.
See BL W.P.5331/3.
[Ref: 25289] £350.00