Peggy Fortnum

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Margaret Emily Noel "Peggy" Fortnum (born 23 December 1919)[1] is an English illustrator.


Fortnum was born in Britain on 23 December 1919, at Harrow, Middlesex. She worked as an art teacher, painter, and textile designer before becoming a full-time book illustrator. She has illustrated nearly sixty-five books to date. Her most well-known illustrations are of Michael Bond's character, Paddington Bear.[2]

Although her pen-and-ink drawings of Paddington were done in black and white, some of her work has been coloured by other artists, including her step granddaughter, Caroline Nuttall-Smith. As of 2012, Fortnum resides in Essex, England.

Further reading[edit]

  • Peggy Fortnum, Running Wild (1975) [illustrated autobiography]


  1. ^ Peggy Fortnum
  2. ^ Silvey, Anita, ed. "The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators", Houghton Mifflin books, 2002, p. 51. ISBN 0-618-19082-1

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