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, 1947

01 jacket design for The Silent Playmate , a book about dolls, London 1979

02 endpapers 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.

04 from There and Back Again, written and illustrated by Harold Jones, OUP Oxford 1977

05 dustjacket from Mystery Manor London 1937 (1941) .
06 from Pied Piper of Hamlyn , London 1962


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


The Enchanted Night 1947 complete

Tales to Tell, selected pages

Noah and the Ark, a selection of pages

The Enchanted Night, a selection of pages

Bless this Day, a selection of pages

This Year Next Year jacket 1937

The Forest Peep Show cover 1981

August Adventure jacket 1936

Out of the Silent Planet, jacket 1938

Lavender Blue 1954, a selection

Jack and the Beanstalk, a selection

The Pied Piper 1976 , a selection