Margaret Tempest began her illustrating career in the 1920s and is best known as the creator of Little Grey Rabbit and Fuzzypeg the hedgehog, characters found in a series of children's books written by British writer Alison Uttley. First published in 1929, the books are still being re-issued today. Margaret Tempest illustrated the first 30 books in the series, continuing to do so until 1970. It was Tempest's distinctive and memorable depiction of these characters which made them instantly identifiable and a household name, but which ultimately caused a bitter divide between the author and the artist. They violently disagreed not only as to who deserved the most credit for creating the characters, but also over the issue of copyright ownership. Tempest worked also with numerous other authors and also wrote and illustrated 20 books of her own in the 1940s and 1950s, including the Pinky Mouse and Curley Cobbler series. She was also one of the Medici Society's more popular and enduring artists, publishing her art as collectible postcards for many years.
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.