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Art off the Rock 2010 - Lot 25

Axel Scheffler

‘Tabby McTat’

Watercolour 13cm x 18cm


Born in Hamburg in 1957, Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations for children’s books. At school, Axel won his first prize for drawing, awarded by an international chocolate company. His prize was a cuddly lilac cow! He moved to England to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art.

After graduating Axel moved to London and began illustrating for English and German advertising companies, magazines and newspapers. Faber commissioned him to illustrate The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell and The Bottle Rabbit by Bernard McCabe.

His award-winning partnership with author Julia Donaldson began when he was recommended to illustrate the text of ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’. Their next book, The Gruffalo, won the 1999 Smarties Gold Medal Award for picture books and the 2000 Blue Peter Award for The Best Book to Read Aloud. Axel illustrates for other authors including Ian Whybrow and David Henry Wilson. He has also designed Gordon Brown’s annual Christmas Card!

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