The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 11, 2016

September 11, 1906

Eileen Mayo (September 11, 1906 to January 4, 1994), the British illustrator, was according to Jstor, famous for Her Prints, Posters, and Postage Stamps. Although her early work won prizes, she had to support herself working as a tutor. Marriage to Dr. Ralph Gainsborough, included a stepson who was 6 years old at the time, and a fresh security with which to pursue her art. Their home was in west Sussex, until after the war, and her access to nature there, encouraged her participation in an aesthetic movement which celebrated the English countryside.

Here is one of many book covers she did.

This is titled "Mother and Son" (1948)

There are more examples of here work here.

Eileen Mayo was a strikingly beautiful woman, and strikingly brave, to
maintain, as she did, that there should be no distinction between fine art and craft.

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