Friday, October 2, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Mabel Lucie Attwell

In some ways, Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrations remind me of Honor C. Appleton’s. Adorable children? Check. Pastel colors? Check. Dripping with nostalgia? Check. Absolutely whimsical and gorgeous? Check!

The Facts:
Born: June 4th, 1879.
Studied: At Heatherley School of Fine Art and Saint Martin’s School of Art, though she left both schools before she completing her courses.
Illustrated: Magazines, postcards, books like Mother Goose and Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, calendars, and even crockery (she created a tea set inspired by her illustrations).
Known for: Cute and whimsical drawings of children and fairies. She was a household name in the 1920s.
Died: November 5th, 1964.

For this post, I want to focus on her illustrations of Peter Pan, which she created for an abridged version of the story published in 1921. There’s a childlike quality to her pictures that works just beautifully. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!


  1. Oh, it's lovely to see this spotlight again! I'm not much of an artist connoisseur, but I do so enjoy any art that retells folklore. Especially as Peter Pan is being remade (*sigh*TigerLilyCasting*sigh*), these soft pastel drawings are perfect for a touch of nostalgia. Thanks for sharing, Alex!

  2. I'm excited to see Pan, but still really upset about the casting issue. Actually, the only Peter Pan movie that cast actual Native Americans in the parts (that I know of, anyway) is the 2003 version, which will always be my favorite.
    I'm not really a connoisseur of fine art, either. I just enjoy sharing pretty things :) Thanks for commenting!!