The Sparrows

JOAN HASSALL OBE (1906-1988)

The Sparrows

1939 United Kingdom

Offered by Sarah Colegrave

£360 gbp
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Born in Notting Hill, London, Joan Hassell was the daughter of the artist John Hassall. After a time teaching and working as her father’s secretary she attended the Royal Academy School from 1928 to 1933. At the same time she took evening classes in wood engraving at the London Central School. In 1936 she engraved the title page of her brother Christopher Hassall’s book of poems, Devil’s Dyke. This was the beginning of a career as an illustrator which included: F B Young Portrait of a Village (1937); Gaskell Cranford (1940); R L Stevenson A Child’s Garden of Verse (1947); The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes (1955) and many other publications including editions for the Folio Society. Her attention to detail and historical accuracy ensured her lasting reputation. In 1972 she was made Master of the At Workers’ Guild and in in 1973 she was awarded a medal at the Paris Salon. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, New English Art Club and elsewhere. She received an OBE in 1987.

Her portrait of her brother, Christopher Hassall, is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
London, Chris Beetles, The British Art of Illustration, 1992,no.372.
Richard Church, Calling for a Spade, London, 1939, illus. p.93 (to illustrate The Meek Sparrow)
"The Sparrows, finding themselves baffled by the wire when they arrived to begin nest building, withdrew to the apple trees and held a 'Parlement of Fowls', as Chaucer called it."
Height 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Width 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
External Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
External Width 32.50 cm (12.80 inches)
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Pen and ink
Signed with initials
Sarah Colegrave

Sarah Colegrave

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