CAM [Barbara Mary CAMPBELL] (illustrator). Original pen-and-ink and watercolour illustration featuring a family of cats lunching en plein air. Circa 1950.
A charming original pen, ink, and watercolour illustration by Barbara Mary Campbell, popularly known as "Cam", painted on artist's paper and presented behind an ivory-coloured acid-free mount, image size 185 x 205mm within a black-ruled border; the image depicting a family of four tabby-cats in nineteenth-century French dress picnicking at table while being harassed by a young white goat; in very fresh condition with colours bright and unfaded; light pencilled marks to the verso, with the number 7507.
Barbara Mary Campbell, fl. 1940s, wrote and illustrated an immensely popular series of juveniles in the war years and is most celebrated for her unusual full-bleed coloured illustrations (extending to the very edges of the paper), which incorporate the text in calligraphic font.. Her first published work was Barbara Lamb which was published by The Bodley Head in 1944. It tells the tale of her namesake, the smallest lamb in the meadow, who is blessed with the most beautiful singing voice.