Harold Jones

1904–1992

Biography

Harold Jones (1904–1992) was a British artist, illustrator and writer of children's books. Critic Brian Alderson (children's book critic) called him "perhaps the most original children's book illustrator of the period". He established his reputation with lithographs illustrating This Year: Next Year (1937), a collection of verses by Walter de la Mare.

Jones's most acclaimed work was Lavender's Blue: A book of nursery rhymes (1954), a collection of nursery rhymes named for one of them, "Lavender's Blue". The British Library Association awarded Jones "Special Commendation" for the 1954 Carnegie Medal, which recognised the year's outstanding children's book written by a British subject; it provided a "major reason" for the organisation to establish its companion Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration that year (1955). Lavender's Blue, published in the U.S. by Franklin Watts in 1956, was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list in 1960.

The largest public archive of Harold Jones's papers and illustrations is at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books (deposited by the Harold Jones estate in 2005). Other of Harold Jones's papers, deposited from 1966 to 1980, are in the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Books illustrated include:

  • Mary Evelyn Atkinson – August Adventure (1936)
  • Walter de la Mare – This Year, Next Year (1937)
  • C.S. Lewis - Out of the Silent Planet (1938)
  • Harold Jones – The Visit To The Farm (1939)
  • Harold Jones – The Enchanted Night (1947)
  • John Pudney – Elegy For Tom Riding (1947)
  • Kathleen Lines – Four To Fourteen: A Library of Books for Children (1950)
  • Kathleen Lines – Lavender’s Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes (1954)
  • Once In Royal David’s City: A Picture Book of The Nativity (1956)
  • Donald Suddaby – Prisoners of Saturn: an Interplanetary Adventure (1957)
  • William Blake – Songs of Innocence (1958)
  • Kathleen Lines – A Ring of Tales (1958)
  • Elfrida Vipont – Bless This Day: A Book of Prayer For Children (1958)
  • Kathleen Lines – Jack and The Beanstalk; A Book of Nursery Stories (1960)
  • Kathleen Lines – Noah and The Ark (1961)
  • Charles Kingsley – The Water Babies (Text by Kathleen Lines) (1961)
  • William Shakespeare – Songs from Shakespeare (1961)
  • Robert Browning – The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1962)
  • Harold Jones – The Childhood of Jesus (1964)
  • Lewis Carroll – The Hunting of The Snark (1975)
  • Oscar Wilde – The Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde (1976)
  • Ruth Manning-Sanders – The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse: Aesop’s Fable retold (1977)
  • Harold Jones – There and Back Again (1977)
  • Penelope Lively – Voyage of The QV66, (1978)
  • Naomi Lewis – The Silent Playmate (or The Magic Doll) – A Collection of Doll Stories (1979)
  • Harold Jacobs – Silver Bells and Cockle Shells: A Bunby Adventure (1979)
  • Harold Jones – Tales From Aesop (1981)
  • Harold Jones – A Happy Christmas (1983)
  • Harold Jones – Tales to Tell (1984)

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