John Lawrence (British b. 1933)
John Lawrence was born in Hastings, Sussex. He was educated at Oxford and studied at Hastings School of Art and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he learned wood engraving from Gertrude Hermes. One of Britain’s most prolific illustrators, he also wrote a number of books for children. Among the more than fifty books he has illustrated are Watership Down for Kestrel, The Magic Apple Tree, Rabbit & Pork and The Diary of a Nobody. He works in pen and ink but is also a highly accomplished engraver, working in lino, wood and vinyl. Most recently he illustrated Lyra’s Oxford, a follow-up to Philip Pullman’s phenomenally successful trilogy His Dark Materials.
References: Horne, Alan. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: 287-288; Douglas Martin: The Telling Line. Essays on Fifteen Contemporary Book Illustrators: 167-186.