Fiep Westendorp

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Fiep Westendorp
Sophia Maria Westendorp

(1916-12-17)17 December 1916
Died3 February 2004(2004-02-03) (aged 87)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Known forJip and Janneke

Sophia Maria "Fiep" Westendorp (17 December 1916 – 3 February 2004) was a Dutch illustrator who became popular due to her long collaboration with writer Annie M.G. Schmidt with their creation of Jip and Janneke.


Jip & Janneke

Three generations of Dutch people have grown up with her illustrations.[1] The drawings she made for Jip en Janneke, a series of stories which ran in Dutch newspaper Het Parool from 1953 to 1957, now adorn a variety of items sold by Dutch department store HEMA.[2] Since the regular Dutch awards for illustrations always eluded her, she was given a unique award for her entire oeuvre in 1997.[3] Westendorp also drew a text comic based on the Annie M.G. Schmidt story Tante Patent in the 1950s. [4]


She died in 2004. Since 2007, the University of Amsterdam has had an endowed chair for illustration in Westendorp's honor.[5]


  1. ^ Westerlaken, Nell (2004-02-06). "Jip en Janneke zijn nu echt wees". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  2. ^ "Jip en Janneke". HEMA. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  3. ^ Duin, Lieke van (1997-06-04). "Gouden Griffel nu echte kinderboekenprijs". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  4. ^ "Fiep Westendorp".
  5. ^ "Leerstoel illustratie bij Universiteit van Amsterdam". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2015-11-22.