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  in Biggity Bantam, Ariel Books, 1954. In Tudor's French mat, a light tan wash frame and gilt line border, 3 5/8" x 5 ˝" exposed in mat. The image is of a city vegetable stand against a brick building, probably reminiscent of Tudor's earlier years in Danbury, Conn. The image shows a proprietor in a white apron visiting with an elderly gentleman. Three boys in mid-20th century cowboy hats and cap guns play at the left end. At the right side, a young mother walks with her daughter and pushes another child in a small stroller. Tudor's printed name is delicately penciled in the lower right. In a wood frame with flaking gilt that seems contemporaneous with the age of the art. The backing paper shows some moisture damage and a nearly indistinct inscription: With love to Robin, Mom & Dad. Cited in A Partial List of Original Water Colors, Drawings, Oils, and Pastels by Tasha Tudor as being the property of Warren G. Olson.
Page 70. Pencil drawing rudely sketched barely suggestive of an English countryside. Accompanies Meynell's "Chimes." Matted and in a a heavy plastic covering, 13 1/2" x 11 1/2" overall. Signed, although the signature was not printed in the book.