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.
Pen and ink drawing for Chapter X head, page 116, A LITTLE PRINCESS (1963). Mr. Carrisford in his dressing gown, with a book, sitting in a fringe decorated Morris chair. A ribbon crest above all carries the Roman numeral X in its center. A small light stain near the lower edge of the left side. The signature T. Tudor, in pencil at the lower right just beneath the edge of the lap robe, was not reproduced in the book. See image at www.cellardoorbooks.com
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 These unpublished watercolor paintings are framed separately.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