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Helen Stratton

April 5, 1867 - June 4, 1961


(April 5, 1867 – June 4, 1961) British

Stratton was born in Nowganj, Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, India, in April 1867 as the daughter of a surgeon in the Indian military service. Her father retired soon after her birth, and the family settled in Bath, England. She studied art in 1891 in Kensington, London, and became a follower of Art Nouveau in the style of Glasgow School of Art. While in Kensington, she worked as a book illustrator and painter. In Kensington, she lived with her widowed mother and siblings. In the 1930s, she returned to Bath. She remained unmarried for the rest of her life. By 1896 she was well known for her striking and creative illustrations, working mainly in black and white and sometimes watercolor. She added hundreds of illustrations to classic tales, the first success being Norman Gale\’s Songs for Little People.

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