The Medici Society, located in London, England, was founded in 1908 by Philip Lee Warner and Eustace Gurney. The company's original aim was "to bring artists' work to the appreciation of a wider public", and subjects were chosen for their "artistic value, beauty, or sentiment, and were sold for the lowest price commercially possible." In keeping with this mission, the artwork was originally reproduced as high-quality postcards. Medici began publishing greeting cards in the 1930s, and some of the artists whose work was published in those days are still in print today. Some of their artists included Molly Brett, Racey Helps, Margaret and Audrey Tarrant, Noel Hopkin, Rene Cloke, and Margaret Tempest. Currently, the company has diversified into other publications, including stationery, calendars, seasonal cards for Christmas and Easter, reproduction prints, and children's books, with a focus upon dressed animals, fairies, and other subjects of wide appeal. To see more, go to: http://www.medici.co.uk
Pictured above is "Bonfire Night" by Molly Brett
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Welcome to my ongoing blog about the history, specific artists, techniques, and varieties of cute animal art illustration. (Please open the archives for previous articles on the above subjects.) Just so you can get to know me and my work better, above is one of my own illustrations from the Whimbletails™ collection (check out my profile for my bio.) It's called "The Pumpkin Cafe" and one of my all-time favorites. Shrewy is a recurring character - a mighty industrious fellow, who not only operates the Pumpkin Cafe, but a farm stand too! If you'd like to see all of my current work and the various products featuring it, clickhere.