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Dorothy Wheeler

Dorothy Wheeler, Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa Baa Black Sheep

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 Wheeler’s 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 children’s 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 Blyton’s widely published children’s 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 O’Bells Mystery by Enid Blyton, appeared in 1965.

Dorothy Wheeler, Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

Dorothy Wheeler, Boys and Girls Come out to Play

Boys and Girls Come out to Play

Dorothy Wheeler, Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner

Dorothy Wheeler, Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Dorothy Wheeler, Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

Dorothy Wheeler, Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and Lemons

Dorothy Wheeler, Four and Twenty Black Birds

Four and Twenty Black Birds

Dorothy Wheeler, Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake

Dorothy Wheeler, Oh Dear! What can the Matter be?

Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

Dorothy Wheeler, Polly Put the Kettle On

Polly Put the Kettle On

Dorothy Wheeler, Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey Goosey Gander

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