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This wonderful print called “The pretty Shetland pony” is from the book “Cherry-Thorpe Fair” by Mabel Mackness and illustrated by H.M. Brock (1875 – 1960). Published by H.M. Caldwell Company circa 1918, this book was specifically selected for a series that would be made available to school children in hopes they would learn to love reading. Brock was a prolific and competent illustrator of children’s books in the course of a long career (the University of Reading has over 2000 books in which Brock’s work was published). The task of illustrating a book on early reading was a relatively humble one for Brock but nevertheless he put a genuine effort into engaging the interest of his young readers. Many of his illustrations are still popular and being re-produced today.

Brock has captured with pastel colors and realistic rendering the image of children from the English upper social class at the turn of the last century. Each print tells a story where no words are needed. The print definition and quality are typical of that time period, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but adds timeless charm to this beautiful image.

There is slight uniform yellowing of the paper around the actual image as well as some wear at the page edges in line with what you would expect of a print that is over 90 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during display/shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 4-3/4 x 7” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in an 8x10 standard frame.

Collectible book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great birthday, baby shower or holiday gifts, or just for that special someone as they are always unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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1918 Vintage Story Book Pretty Shetland Pony Print


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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: original vintage book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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