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'Don't make such a riot or you'll wake her'

'Don't make such a riot or you'll wake her'

Donald Harley is a highly accomplished and experienced illustrator. This is a charming original colour illustration from the traditional fairy story 'Thumbelina'. It is signed and captioned by the artist on the front. It is also signed on the reverse by the artist.

Size 280mm d x 230mm w (11'' x 9 1/8'' )

Medium Watercolour on board

Donald Harley studied at the the Epsom School of Art from the age of 14 years from January 1942 and passed the Board of Education Drawing certificate in 1944. From September 1944 to July 1945 he was employed at Grafton Arts, St. Brides Square, Fleet Street, London then he was called up for National Service in the Army at age 18 years. He still carried on with his art education whilst in the Army by attending Oxford and Salisbury Art Schools for evening classes in Life Drawing. After completing National service he returned to Epsom School of Art and passed the National Diploma in Design in painting during 1949. In 1950 he was awarded a Surrey Art award to study illustration for 1 year. In October 1951 he obtained the position of assistant to Frank Hampson, the creator of comic strip hero 'Dan Dare' from the 'Eagle'. He worked with Frank Hampson for 8 years and carried on as assistant to Frank Bellamy. Eventually Donald Harley was in charge of 'Dan Dare' with Bruce Cornwell as his assistant up to the end of 1962. In 1962 he left 'Dan Dare' and became a Freelance Artist illustrating children's books specialising in historical subjects. He has worked for many publishers too numerous to mention.

Product Code: HD01


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