HAROLD JONES (1904 - 1993)
For a long and sustained period after 1945, Harold Jones' books looked unique in the marketplace. He had a highly characteristic use of colour and line, refusing the easy option and visual cliche for charged characterisation and a most unusual sense of composition. On the Narrative course, George Hardie, John Lord and I had the ambition to call and pay our most sincere respects to him as he lived and farmed locally, we were told. As with so many ambitions, it never happened but this site is a sort of equivalent. I attach a few representative scans from Noah and the Ark, and my favourite book, The Enchanted Night, Faber, c1951 undated
01 jacket design for The Silent Playmate , a book about dolls, London 1979
from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, London, 1961,
03 The Alphabet Rhyme from Lavender's Blue , compiled by Kathleen Lines and pictured by Harold Jones OUP Oxford 1954.
There and Back Again, written and illustrated by Harold
Jones, OUP Oxford 1977
05 dustjacket from Mystery Manor London 1937 (1941) .
07 the endpapers for M.E.Atkinson's Mystery Manor, London 1937 (1941)
08, 09, 10, 11 VIGNETTES from Lavender's Blue, and from K.Lines A Ring of Tales published London 1958