Elves Mice-racing
Elves Mice-racing


Elves Mice-racing

c. 1912 England

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Helen Mary Jacobs was born in Ilford, Essex, the sister of the writer W. W. Jacobs; she studied art at the West Ham Municipal College. She illustrated children's books in pen, ink and watercolour, towards the end of her career she specialized in drawings for educational books.

Helen Mary Jacobs first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1910. She contributed to annuals such as Playbox, Rainbow and Little Folks but very soon all the major publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Ward Lock & SPCK, were commissioning her. She also created a series of drawings of Moths for Lord Rothschild. From 1912 she had made enough to move to Winchmore Hill. She wanted to put back into the community that had helped her so later in life she taught at a primary school in Stoke Newington and produced several schoolbooks & primers but these were in a more basic childlike style for the children to copy. Her passion was painting cats.

Height 24.80 cm (9.76 inches)
Width 18.60 cm (7.32 inches)
Stock Code
Ink and watercolour on paper

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