Ruth Gervis

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Ruth Gervis
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Born Ruth Streatfield
(1894-08-13)August 13, 1894
Frant, United Kingdom
Died October 26, 1988(1988-10-26) (aged 94)
Oxford, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Known for Illustration
Spouse(s) Shorland Gervis[1]

Ruth Gervis (13 August 1894 – 26 October 1988)[1][2] was a British illustrator.


Gervis was born to William Streatfeild and Janet Venn and was the eldest sister of Noel Streatfeild. Due to asthma she was sent away to live with her grandparents where she was looked after by a nurse. In 1902 when her parents moved to St Leonards, she came to visit them. There, she also attended the Hastings and St Leonard's Colleges and Laleham school in Eastbourne. Before World War I, in 1911 her family relocated again while she herself was hired as a nurse during the war and also helped produce two plays called Vingt-en-Un and When Daydreams End with her sister Noel in 1915. After the war she became an art teacher and by the 1920s was married and moved to Dorset where she was busy with art and illustrations.

Together with her sister she illustrated Ballet Shoes which came out in 1936. She is also known for her other book illustrations such as The Buttercup Farm Family, The Pole Star Family, The Saucy Jane Family and The Very Big Secret.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Isabel Janet Diana Streatfeild Gervis (1894-1988)" (PDF). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Art at Sherborne Museum". Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ruth Gervis". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013.