Anne Anderson (illustrator)

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Anne Anderson (1874—1930?) 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.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Scotland in 1874 to John and Grace Anderson, Annie "Anne" Anderson and her siblings—four brothers and one sister, Grace—spent their childhood in Argentina.[1] 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 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.

While some sources list Annie's death in 1930,[2] other sources say she died in 1936,[3] and still others indicate she was still alive after World War II.[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]


  1. ^ Matthews, Maleen, “An Illustrator of the ‘Nineties” in The Book Collector, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1979. pp. 530-544.
  2. ^ Wootton, David. “Anne Anderson.” The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English. Ed. Victor Watson. Cambridge University Press, 2001. Print.
  3. ^ Gavin, Adrienne E. “Anne Anderson.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, Vol 1. Ed. Jack Zipes. Oxford University Press, 2006. Print.
  4. ^ Matthews, Maleen, “An Illustrator of the ‘Nineties” in The Book Collector, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1979. pp. 530-544.
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