CAM [Barbara Mary CAMPBELL] (illustrator). An 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 en plein air and being disturbed by a young white goat; in very fresh condition with colours bright and unfaded; light pencil marks to the verso, and the number 7507.
Barbara Mary Campbell, fl. 1940s, is best known, and celebrated, for her striking full-bleed coloured illustrations incorporating text in a calligraphic font, all offered in a rainbow of colours. Her first published work was Barbara Lamb, issued by The Bodley Head in 1944, which tells the tale of her namesake, the smallest lamb in the meadow, who is blessed with the most beautiful singing voice.