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Embark on a fascinating journey through the productive life of the 20th century illustrator Tasha Tudor. Tudor was born in New England in 1915; she painted New England scenes all her life; she died in New England in 2008.
If you are looking for books illustrated by Tudor, we have them. You might begin with Pumpkin Moonshine the pocket sized book about creating a jack-o-lantern from 1938. Over the next 70 years, Tasha Tudor's art appeared in more than 100 books as well as many other objects. Don't miss Wings from the Wind, an anthology of well-known poems and our personal favorite of Tudor's illustrated books. Tudor's books are described and documented in the definitive bibliography Tasha Tudor, The Direction of Her Dreams (1998).
If you want information about Christmas cards which Tudor first painted in 1941, we have that too. Tasha Tudor painted hundreds of illustrations for greeting cards in her lifetime. We have lots of them in single examples and many in multiples. These cards are lovely to see by themselves and can make an affective framed art gallery for a private nook or a hall in your home. Use Christmas Card Designs of Tasha Tudor (2012) as your guide to this output.
Do you covet a piece of original art? We have those, too. There is no count of the number of drawings and paintings that Tasha Tudor created and sold in her lifetime. She kept very little of her original output. Today, it is found in homes and libraries and museum collections around the world. We have quite a few pieces of her beautiful original art. We have some originals that were not published and were painted for private collectors.
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An incidental drawing of a Boy and Girl. These unpublished watercolor paintings are framed separately. The young boy and girl sit in a quiet moment, each in a personal rocking chair. The girl in a pink dress and apron is cuddling her doll. The boy in a blue plaid shirt and rolled-up blue jeans is rapt by the book he reads. We have not identified these two paintings with any book, or card. They are in a similar style to other illustrations featuring children that Tudor painted in the 1950s and 1960s. See, for example, Tasha Tudor's Five Senses, First Delights and First Poems of Childhood. The two pieces are in "French mats" and matching gilt wood frames. Matching vertical cut ovals in the mats expose 6 ¼" x 4 ¾" of the underlying painting. The mat for the "boy" painting has aged to a darker color that its mate. It also shows some light acidification from the mat at the edges of the opening. The "girl" painting does not. Each frame is backed with black paper, with no indication of framer or date. Both pieces are signed at the lower right. The signature to the girl is a tiny print. From a Pennsylvania family. SOLD ONLY AS A PAIR