Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Cecil Aldin

I've written about Cecil Aldin before but as our latest set on Printable Heaven includes some superb illustration by this prolific artist, he deserves a re-visit.


Cecil Aldin (1870 - 1935) was a British artist and illustrator best known for his paintings and drawings of animals, sports and rural life.  


Born in Slough, he was educated at Eastbourne College and Solihull Grammar School.  He studied anatomy at South Kensington and animal painting under William Calderon.




He illustrated many publications, one of the best known perhaps being Anna Sewell's Black  Beauty in 1916.









Cecil Aldin is perhaps most commonly associated with beautiful dog illustrations such as these:-






I am fortunate enough to own a book called A Dozen Dogs or So which was illustrated by Cecil Aldin in 1928.  I used the illustrations from this book to make our Printable Heaven sets of the same name that you can find here http://www.printableheaven.com/section.php/1953/0/A_Dozen_Dogs_or_So_Motifs_Prints_Postcards

We also have our Cecil Aldin's Dogs set which includes some rather different doggy pictures:- 
http://www.printableheaven.com/section.php/1532/0/Cecil_Aldins_Dogs


Our latest set includes just one dog, a beautiful cockatoo picture, a horse, parrots, budgies, a fox and more.
  
I would love to have used the fox motifs to make a card for my Aunt Grace who relayed many stories of feeding injured and baby foxes back to health in the wildlife sanctuary she worked at in Oxford.  Unfortunately she died in 2010 but I think fondly of her when I see this image.


You can see our latest set, Perfect Pets, here http://www.printableheaven.com/section.php/2122/0





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