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Chris Fiddes' illustrations for books published by J.L. Carr


Chris Fiddes was born in Northamptonshire in 1934 and lives there still. He met JLC at an exhibition of his paintings in the late 1960s. Carr was interested in a painting of a gamekeeper's gibbet - a tree strung with vermin that had been shot by a gamekeeper. It was already sold but Carr bought other paintings by Fiddes and they stayed in touch. Fiddes was then living in the village of Cogenhoe, about 25 km south of Kettering, where he was restoring an old cottage, now marked with a plaque. Fiddes was teaching art at Northampton Girls School.

In the 1970s and '80s Carr commissioned Chris Fiddes to design the covers of 18 small books and sometimes provide quite lavish internal illustrations with lettering, such as for The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. Carr sometimes re-used illustrations for another title. Fiddes provided the internal illustrations for the Quince Tree Press edition of A Month in the Country.

Chris Fiddes is still drawing and painting and will be holding an exhibition of his latest work in Northampton in 2020. Nineteen examples of Fiddes' oil paintings can be seen at the website of Art UK.

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Chris Fiddes




The titles that Chris Fiddes illustrated for Carr are listed below.

If I have missed any, please let me know.