Sybil Tawse

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Sybil Tawse
BornSybil Tawse
(1886-09-26)26 September 1886
Bishopwearmouth (Sunderland), County Durham, England
Died1 March 1971(1971-03-01) (aged 84)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Sybil Tawse (26 September 1886 – 1 March 1971), English artist and illustrator.[1]


Tawse was born in Sunderland, England,[2] the fifth child of George Tawse and Elizabeth Ann Harrison. The census for 1891 shows the family living at Bishopwearmouth, County Durham, England.

During her career as artist and illustrator, she lived in London. The 1911 Census shows her living at 19 Gloucester Road, S Kensington, London, with her sisters Catherine and Gladys.

She died[3] in 1971 in Portsmouth, at the age of 84. She never married.


She contributed illustrations to a number of works. A selection is:

  • Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery ; with illustrations by Sybil Tawse. 1908
  • The Essays of Elia, by Charles Lamb. With twenty four illustrations in colour by Sybil Tawse. Chapman & Hall, 1910.
  • Cranford, by Mrs. Gaskell. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1914.
  • Tales from the Poets, W.C. Glover. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1915
  • Xmas shopping, by Sybil Tawse, 1927. (Poster for the London Underground.)
  • The Heroes or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children by Charles Kingsley, A & C Black, Londob 1915; 8 full page colour illustrations by Miss Sybil Tawse


  1. ^ Alan Horne (1994). The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1 85149 1082.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

External links[edit]

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