The World of Tasha Tudor


Welcome to the World of Tasha Tudor

Bethany Tudor with her doll Lucinda

A doll hand-crafted by Tasha Tudor for her daughter Bethany.

They have lived together for more than sixty-three years.

Lucinda has a lovely soft face and was made/outfitted in 1954. She is thus one of the earliest of about a dozen dolls Tudor crafted between 1949 and 1997. She has been one of the treasured family dolls.

Lucinda's wardrobe: hats, mittens and a wool plaid winter coat, dresses, petticoats and stockings! She travels with her own trunk. See item 28549 for more details.

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Bethany Tudor Young Author

BETHANY TUDOR (1940- ) is the eldest of the four children of the American illustrator Tasha Tudor. She learned to draw and paint from her mother and augmented her studies at art schools in London and Boston. She grew up in New England, has lived here all her life, and is imbued to a large degree with the same love of country life as is exemplified in her mother’s thousands of paintings.

In the 1960s Bethany created books of her own. They are based on a family of Steiff toys who became nearly as real to the Tudor children as neighbors down the road. Samuel and Samantha are her Steiff ducklings. They are the protagonists of the books Gooseberry Lane, Samantha’s Surprise, Samuel’s Tree House and Skiddycock Pond. Bethany also did the pictures for two books by other authors: Chip the Chipmunk by Jessie Brown Marsh and The Nest by Constantine Georgiou.

All these books reflect the world of animals and nature Bethany found abundantly. She has always held them dear. Where her mother excelled in gardening, Bethany has found pleasure in birds.

In addition to her books, you will find a series of gift cards and stationery that she painted for Cellar Door Books early in this century. From time to time she has offered some of her treasured possessions for sale here. Now you will find a long-time love, her doll Lucinda. Tasha Tudor made Lucinda for her daughter in 1954. They have been companions ever since.

John and Jill Hare founded Cellar Door Books in 1971, specializing in the words and related interests of Tasha Tudor. They are the compilers 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) describes and pictures the majority of the 1400 Christmas and other greeting cards Tudor painted. In 2007 Cellar Door Books produced a DVD version of New Dorr’s 1955 motion picture The Golden Key. All are available on this website.

Tasha Tudor
American Illustrator

Tasha Tudor captivated many people during her long life (1915-2008). She illustrated children's books of her own creation as well as such classics as Mother Goose, The Secret Garden and Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen. She toured the country speaking about her books, her art and her lifestyle. She was loved for her knowledge of flowers: she knew how to grow them, she created realistic paintings of flowers. They appear in nearly all her books. Examine her art and you will discover a world of images of children, dolls, and Christmas. These are nearly all in New England settings. Wander through our web store to see images of her books, Christmas cards, paper dolls, and many fine art prints. We have original art, too. As Tasha was fond of saying... Take Joy!

Jill and John Hare, Proprietors



Here is an opportunity to own an original watercolor by Tasha Tudor. The piece displays both her illustrative talent and her humor. The art was probably painted in 1964. The penciled signature of T. Tudor shows in the lower right corner; not in the published book. A sliver of white watercolor paper without paint shows at the extreme lower left. ORIGINALLY $3,000! The image is of a Fourth of July mishap on the piazza of the Peterkin’s house as described in the Lucretia P. Hale story “The Peterkins Celebrate the Fourth of July,” pages 75-85. Two women and a teenage boy Solomon John jump back in horror as an explosive discharges in front of them and sends another teenage boy backwards into a flower bed. Mrs. Peterkin is startled off her rocker on the porch. Two children look across the porch from inside the house. Tudor shows two low windows and has sheathed the white house in flat planks. The tail of an American flag hangs at the top of the painting. A cat scampers away from the mad scene. The art remains in its original French mat as Tudor would have received it from her favored Boston frame shop. The blue watercolor of the mat has faded over time. The wood frame is gilt, sculpted with gray and charcoal highlights. There is slight separation of the top corners. SPECIAL PRICE Originally $3000 Christmas Special

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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

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