The World of Tasha Tudor


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Welcome to the World of Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor
American Illustrator

Illustrator Tasha Tudor lived in New England her entire life, 1915-2008. Her paintings of farm life began before World War II with five small pocket size books about farm life of the past.

Her nostalgic lifestyle and pictures inspired world-wide admirers to want to live as Tasha lived. They longed for that long-gone New England landscape. Tudor painted what she knew and loved: antique furniture and clothing, dolls, corgi dogs, the tulip ware and pink luster dishes which she owned. Her pictures appear in 100 books.

Cellar Door Books is a specialty book shop devoted to Tasha Tudor. We have her books, art prints, Christmas cards and any other thing created by this talented artist. We carry her original art. And we can help you dispose of your Tudor art – part of some 15,000 original watercolors, oils and drawings.

Proprietors John and Jill Hare founded Cellar Door Books in 1971. We are also the authors of two comprehensive reviews of Tudor’s art: Tasha Tudor: the Direction of Her Dreams (1998) describes some 1200 books associated with Tudor; and Christmas Card Designs of Tasha Tudor (2012) shows 1400 Christmas and other greeting cards Tudor painted.



Page [3]. Watercolor of a summer floral border: wild strawberries, huckleberries, buttercups and clover. Tudor's French mat in a brown and green wood frame, 16" x 13". A most lovely Tudor image. This one is instructive for the various sizing and publisher's notes penciled on the back of the piece. See image at Would make beautiful writing paper.

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Full page watercolor to illustrate the short story and printed as page [17] in Tasha Tudor's Bedtime Book, Platt & Munk, 1977. Unmounted piece of watercolor paper measuring 13 ¼ " x 11 ¼ ." The 9 ½" x 8 ½" image is fully reproduced in the book but in a milky sort of view. The vivid detail that Tudor painted in lost in the reproduction. The central image has the two main characters standing before a large fireplace with a boiling caldron - an alchemist's laboratory. There are numerous dark images: a skinned hare hanging on the wall, andirons that look like cobras, a bottle of blood, a mortar with two asps crawling out, etc. The cheeriest part of the whole picture is a brilliant blue night sky with stars twinkling. Tudor imparts a particularly interesting three dimensional view with a hawk, a small bird, and her banty rooster Chickahominy painted superimposed on the frame. Their action is outside the main image, as is a small sea weed detail with two fishes painted outside the frame to the left. The apprentice looks more the part of the innocent prince, but there is none of the sweetness and light of Tudor's earlier Book of Fairy Tales. There is residue of a gummed label in the top border outside the image, and a penciled $300.00 on the back.

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