These charming illustrations were created by Dorothy M. Wheeler to accompany a collection of nursery rhymes and music published in 1916. The illustrations, with their characteristic elaborate borders, were among Dorothy Wheelers first works ever to appear in print.
Dorothy M. (Muriel) Wheeler was born in Great Britain in 1891. She studied at the well-known Blackheath School of Art, and during her career lived and worked in Plumstead, Kent, and Esher, Surrey. Her principal medium of expression was watercolor painting. In addition, she brought her unique talent for drawing with pure line to the design of childrens book illustrations and postcards. The early "comic strip" illustrations she created during the 1940s and 1950s led to her becoming one of the most sought-after illustrators for Enid Blytons widely published childrens books.
Her illustrations also appeared in books by Anne MacDonald, including A Pocketful of Silver and Sung by the Sea. In 1955 Dorothy Wheeler published her own illustrated version of The Three Little Pigs. Dorothy Wheeler died in 1966. Her final work, illustrations for The Ring OBells Mystery by Enid Blyton, appeared in 1965.