“ The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a heaven that it shows itself cloddish.”
extra from the 50 Watts post: Illustrations by Shigeru Hatsuyama for Thumbelina (and other tales) (Japan, 1925)
detail of “dear Susan” from page six of Clever Bill, 1926, William Nicholson
The illustrator of Margery Williams‘ The Velveteen Rabbit, Nicholson wrote and illustrated just two children’s books in his life, the first of which was Clever Bill. It will be on exhibit at NYPL for the upcoming The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.