Mabel book launch!

Alice in Wonderland & Peter Pan and Wendy republished  Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and Wendy were launched in style at Chris Beetles popular art gallery in St James's, London in December 2016. The event, promoted by Mabel Lucie Attwell publishers Macmillan and hosted by Chris Beetles, featuring Mabel Lucie Attwell originals in his current exhibition The Illustrators 2016. The launch, attended by national press and joined by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, was a great celebration of Mabel Lucie's work going back on the shelves, just in time for Christmas shoppers to enjoy these gorgeous, nostalgic gift books.

The Water-Babies re-published!

Celebrating 150th Anniversary   Mabel Lucie Attwell's stunning colour plates adorn this exciting new edition, celebrating the 150th anniversary of The Water-Babies first publication with her illustrations in 1915.  Once upon a time there was a little chimney sweep, and his name was Tom… so begins the most famous of British Victorian preacher, Charles Kingsley’s fairytales. A blend of fantasy and reality, Kingsley merges moral lessons with fairytale imagination in telling Tom’s story from brutal poverty to exciting underwater adventures as a 'water-baby'. The Water-Babies was one of the earliest books published specifically for children, first published by Macmillan in 1863, even before Alice in Wonderland. It was extremely popular, appealing both to adults and children. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of this publication with Mabel...

The Boo-Boos

Cheeky ‘do-good’ fairies    It was the green umbrella’s doing really, for if he had not suddenly turned inside out and flown away over the seas, carrying Bunty, Mops, and Queen Elizabeth with him, they would never have found the Boo Boos. That’s for certain!   And so The Boo-Boos’ story begins… this is the first of the popular series written and illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell in the 1920s, encouraged by her publishers Valentine & Sons. The six little books are now relative rarities. The jaunty little ‘do-good’ elves created by Mabel Lucie Attwell have all kinds of adventures, led by their leader, a crown-wearing King. With Bunty, a young girl, her toy doll Queen Elizabeth and Mops her...


Launching our new card range!   We are very excited to introduce our first range under our new Mabel brand. Teaming up with international retail business 1973 Ltd, we are launching a series of cards with gorgeous sculpted edging and classic original illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell, that many will recognise and we hope everyone will love.    From Fido’s cheeky look to cuddles and cuteness, Mabel’s wonderful characters appeal with a warmth and a sincerity that can’t fail to endear. We hope these carefully chosen illustrations will bounce off our pages to launch this exciting new venture. And there are plenty more surprises and smiles on their way, with a range of limited and other prints coming soon.  We are busy cataloguing...

Just our style

Chubby cheeks and cheeky smiles Impish expressions, cute poses and wide-eyed innocence characterise Mabel’s most famous illustrations – used by advertisers , postcard makers and national magazines alike. Her poster in 1913 for the London Underground Hullo! Did you come by Underground? launched her to new heights of popularity amongst the wider public for the first time. However, her characters were not modelled on her own children, who she adored, but ‘They just lived up to the ideas I had already been drawing for years.’ Her captions, which captivate and instantly amuse, are in fact aimed more at adults than children. ‘My idea is not so much to draw children for children, as to introduce them, if I may put...


Introducing… Mabel Lucie Attwell     Mabel Lucie Attwell was a devoted mother and passionate artist – popular and successful throughout her life (1879–1964). She was perhaps best-known for her cryptic and amusing messages – empathising mostly with mothers facing the chaos of family life. Her delightful illustrations have filled the pages of children’s classics and motivated the national spirit through both World Wars. She painted cards for the Royal Family and graced the pages of The Tatler. As family, we are proud to bring her gorgeous illustrations back to life. In this exciting new venture, we are rediscovering her most well-known originals and uncovering family memories and archives of her work spanning her extraordinary life – to share. We are launching Mabel...
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