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.
A lovely and detailed watercolor published on page , CARRIE'S GIFT by Efner Tudor Holmes. In a tan mat under a brown mat. No signature is evident. A young girl carrying a covered basket toward a rather forlorn farm house. This is a genuinely beautiful painting in the Victorian pastoral esthetic. The published version has atrocious muted colors with none of the immediacy of the original. The matting masks quite a bit of the bottom including the girls feet.
Page . 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 www.cellardoorbooks.com Would make beautiful writing paper.