Nursery Today magazine

Paddington's favourite artist dies

Peggy Fortnum was the original illustrator of the Paddington Bear novels by Michael Bond.

Artist Peggy Fortnum died on 28 March 2016.

Peggy worked in various media as a designer, book illustrator and teacher.

She studied at the Tunbridge Wells School of Art and then at the Central School of Art in London.

After being discharged from service during the Second World War following injury she concentrated on illustrating children’s books from 1944 to 1989.

She also worked on the BBC Television programmes Jackanory and Playschool.

It is for her lightly sketched and expressive line illustrations for Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear novels that she will be best remembered.

Michael Bond said: “She thought very highly of Paddington as he did of her. It was a happy combination.”

As well as appearing in the Paddington books, her illustrations were also widely featured on various ranges of licensed Paddington merchandise including a recent worldwide apparel promotion with GAP.

Peggy was married to Ralph Nuttall-Smith who was also an artist who taught at the Slade School of Fine Art and exhibited widely.

He predeceased her in 1988.


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