Sunday, February 19, 2006

When I was a kid, very early on, Someone bought for me a copy of The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton. Between the touching story of the little house, and how happy it was with its family out in the country, and how the city encroached and expanded, which caused it to be relocated and fall into neglect only to be rescued at the end, and the wonderfully realized, often colorful, symmetrical and intricate art of Mrs.Burton, I was completely captivated and the book remains a favorite of mine to this day. Recently, I acquired a copy of a beautifully designed book about her life and work, called Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art, and learned a great deal about this remarkable woman, who was not only an accomplished illustrator, but a dancer, designer and craftsperson as well. Check out some of her work above: first a pic of her in her studio, then a page fromThe Little House; Then below, The Song of Robin Hood, and one of many Christmas Cards she designed and drew. Click on any of these images to see them full size.

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