Honor Charlotte Appleton: “Josephine’s Pantomime” Cover Artwork, 1939

Honor Appleton Children's Book Cover Art

HONOR CHARLOTTE APPLETON
“Josephine’s Pantomime”
Black and Son, London, 1939
British Children’s Book Cover painting from the Downton Abbey Era.
Watercolour, Pencil and Ink with hand-lettering on 1 ply bristol board.
Live Artwork Area: 9.25” x 12.5”
Provenance: Chris Beetles Gallery, London., Acquired 1998

$7,000.
Other artwork available by Honor Charlotte Appleton.

Honor Charlotte Appleton (1879 – 1951) was a British children’s book illustrator born in Brighton, England. She is best known for the “Josephine” series of books published in England by Blackie and Son from 1916 through the 1930s.

She started her art studies at the Kensington Schools and then attended Frank Calderon’s School of Animal Painting and finally the Royal Academy of Arts at the start of the 20th Century. Whilst at the RA she illustrated ‘The Bad Mrs Ginger’, starting a book illustration career in which she would illustrate over 150 books.

Honor Appleton developed a very delicate watercolour style that captured the innocent world of children, their adventures and life. She was influenced by illustrators such as Kate Greenaway and Annie French and other illustrators of the period. Her watercolours were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts.