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.
Watercolor illustration published on page 38, MOTHER GOOSE. In Tudor's French mat, a light blue wash frame and gilt line border. Figure of a crowned Arthur running with a sack of barley meal over his shoulder, before a windmill and tree in the moonlight. The mat masks the image showing less detail at the top than is evident in the published book. This ethereal watercolor is painted on top half of Bristol board measuring 6 7/8" x 6 1/2". Penciled 38 on the bottom front. Various printing notes on the back: Oxford, Mother Goo, B10256(E) 3 x 6 1/8, 34, p36, Pg. 38, 20.00.
Watercolor illustration published on page  in Amy's Goose, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977. An unmounted piece of watercolor paper measuring 8 13/16 " x 8 5/8" nearly filled with a blue scene. The image shows Amy sitting holding a wounded goose above a pond with more geese nearby. There are rushes beside her and a mountain range forms the backdrop. No signature. There is a narrow white border on three edges. The blue field runs off the right edge. There is minor tape residue.