Summer sewing - Anne Grahame Johnstone - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W
Summer sewing - Anne Graham Johnstone - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W
Janet Grahame Johnstone and Anne Grahame Johnstone were twin sisters and British children's book illustrators best known for their delicate, detailed prolific artwork and for illustrating Dodie Smith's classic book The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
The twins werethe daugthers of successful British portraitist and costume designer Doris Zinkeisen and her husband, Captain Edward Grahame Johnstone.
The first important book the twins worked on was The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, who was already a very successful playwright and author. The twins' further success with later Smith books, The Starlight Barking and The Midnight Kittens, made them the most widely recognized illustrators of children's books in England at the time.
Although not widely remembered, the twins at an early stage of their career worked extensively in British television. They produced a considerable amount of artwork for programmes including "Tai Lu", "Andy Pandy," and "The Flower Pot Men."Janet and Anne also illustrated many company logos and advertisements, including a wine label designed by the twins for their own brand of wine (Chateau Badingham).
Each year she also produced Christmas cards for Royles, which were very popular. Over the years, she became an expert in 19th-century military uniforms and often worked as an heraldic artist through the College of Arms.