Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bernard Bowerman illustrates Jane's Country Year

There is something almost as satisfying about a 'through the year' book as there is in an alphabet book, a sense of rounded completion about the whole. The internet tells me that Jane's Country Year was Malcolm Saville's favourite of his own books. You will not be surprised to hear it is about Jane, living a year, in the country! Each chapter is a month and each has a number of illustrations including a full-page work. It's the full page illustrations, one per month and in order from January to December, that I have scanned and posted here. I know little of Bernard Bowerman but I find there is something rather satisfying about the use of black and flat colours in these images. These were scanned from the 1946 first edition published by Newnes.

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