Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes (British, b. 1927)

Shirley Hughes was born in Hoylake, near Liverpool. She studied drawing and costume design at Liverpool School of Art and then went to Ruskin School, Oxford. Visiting lecturers at Ruskin included the illustrators, Jack Townend and Barnett Freedman who both encouraged Hughes. Her work is very fine and naturalistic, ideal for illustrating childrens’ books. Since 1950 she has illustrated over 200 titles, of which 30 she also wrote. In 1984 she received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished services to children and books and she won the Kate Greenaway medal in 1977 for Dogger.

References: Horne, Alan. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: 255; Martin, D. The Telling Line: Essays on Fifteen Contemporary Book Illustrators, 1989: 148-166.