Anne Anderson (illustrator)

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Anne Anderson
Anne Anderson

1874 (1874)
Died26 May 1952(1952-05-26) (aged 77–78)
Known forIllustrator
MovementArt Nouveau
Alan Wright
(m. 1912)
"Grimms Fairy Tales" Gold from Straw - The Miller's Daughter
He boasted she could spin gold from straw ...

Anne Anderson (1874—26 May 1952) was a prolific Scottish illustrator, primarily known for her art nouveau children's book illustrations, although she also painted, etched, and designed greeting cards. Her style of painting was influenced by her contemporaries, Charles Robinson and Jessie Marion King, and was similar to that of her husband, Alan Wright (1864-1959).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Scotland in 1874 to James and Grace Anderson, Annie "Anne" Anderson and her siblings—four brothers and one sister, Grace—spent their childhood in Argentina.[2] On reaching adulthood, Annie and Grace returned to England to find work. By 1910, Annie could afford to buy a cottage in Berkshire.

She married the artist Alan Wright in June 1912[3] at Burghfield Common Parish Church in Berkshire, and they lived in the cottage she had purchased two years earlier. Though they collaborated on many projects, Anne was considered the driving force. Her husband had had a successful career as an illustrator until working on a book for the vilified homosexual Baron Corvo in 1898. That book caused a scandal that ruined Wright's reputation. After that his opportunity to work was curtailed, but he continued to contribute to his wife's illustrations.[4]

Book illustrations and other work[edit]

Her book illustrations began appearing at the end of the Edwardian era. Her illustrations may be found in children's books and annuals such as Blackie's and Cassell's, on Royal Doulton China, and were frequently used on postcards.[5]


Examples of her work



  • "The Green Book: or The Story of the Little Green Woodman" Illustrated by Anne Anderson [London: Henry Frowde and Hodder and Stoughton, 1909)
  • "Aucassin and Nicolete" Translated and edited with introduction by Harold Child. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. (London: A. & C. Black, 1911)
  • "The Jackie Jackdaw Book". Pictured by Anne Anderson. (Thomas Nelson and Sons, c. 1914)
  • "Little Folk's Picture Story Book" Illustrated by Anne Anderson and Alan Wright (London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1920)
  • "Fireside Stories ..." By Madeline Barnes. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. (London: Blackie & Son, 1922)
  • "Grimm's Fairy Tales" Illustrated by Anne Anderson (London; Glasgow: W. Collins Sons & Co., 1922)
  • "The Anne Anderson Fairy-Tale Book" (London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1923)
  • "Heidi" [By Johanna Spyri] Translated by Helene S. White. Illustrations by Anne Anderson (London: G. G. Harrap & Co., 1924)
  • "Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" Illustrated by Anne Anderson (London; Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press, 1924)
  • "The Old Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Book" Illustrated by Anne Anderson (London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1926)



While some sources list Anderson's death in 1930,[7] other sources say she died in 1936,[8] and still others indicate she was still alive after World War II.[2]

There is, however, an entry on 29 May 1952 in the Berkshire Burial Index for a married artist named Annie Wright, aged 76, who had resided in Burghfield Common.[9] Given that there is an entry in the same Burial Index on 17 July 1959 for a widower named Alan Wright, aged 94, who also had resided in Burghfield Common,[1] it lends more credence to her death taking place on 26 May 1952.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Herbert Alan Wright". Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records. Berkshire Burial Index. 17 July 1959.
  2. ^ a b Barker, Nicholas (Winter 1979). "An Illustrator of the 'Nineties' - Alan Wright (by Maleen Matthews)". The Book Collector. Vol. 28, no. 4. pp. 530–544.
  3. ^ "Annie Anderson married Alan Wright". Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records. England & Wales Marriages (1837-2008) (Vol. 2c, p. 777).
  4. ^ Anderson, Hans Christian. The Emperor's New Clothes - The Golden Age of Illustration Series. Read Books Ltd, 2013. ISBN 9781473384736. page 50
  5. ^ Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Anne Anderson". British Library. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ Watson, Victor (2001). "'Anne Anderson' (by David Wootton)". The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English (Illustrated ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 29–30. ISBN 0521550645.
  8. ^ Zipes, Jack (2006). "'Anne Anderson' (by Adrienne E. Gavin)". The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (Vol 1.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195146565.
  9. ^ a b "Annie Wright". Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records. Berkshire Burial Index. 29 May 1952.
  10. ^ "Deaths". The Times. No. 52324. 29 May 1952. p. 1.

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