Dickens and Ingpen, a beautiful combination

This post was originally published on Feb 7 2012. I thought it was a better choice than The Amethysts for a Christmas read so have reblogged the post today.

Gippsland Granny

Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.

I thought I would share with you a beautifully illustrated Dickens book, given to me by my husband.

I have mentioned Robert Ingpen in a previous post but I thought today was a perfect opportunity to share my love of his illustrations. He is the only Australian to be awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his international contribution to book illustration.

The illustrations in A Christmas Carol are mainly drawn in sombre tones, as befits the story, and yet they are still beautiful.

llustrations © Robert Ingpen, A Christmas Carol, 2007

If you would like to learn more about Ingpen’s illustrations you can view this video.

This newspaper article from 2005 gives more detailed information about Ingpen. He also designed the bronze doors for the Melbourne Cricket Ground and their 150th anniversary tapestry.

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