The Harry Wingfield Archive

Harry Wingfield (1910-2002) was an English illustrator known for his drawings in the Ladybird Books Key Words Reading Scheme, featuring the characters Peter and Jane, throughout the 1960s and 70s. Wingfield lived locally, in Aldridge, and in 2002 an exhibition was held at The New Art Gallery Walsall to celebrate his work. (Unfortunately, he passed away just after the exhibition opened.)

 

After the exhibition his children donated a body of material from his studio to the Gallery, including photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings and other source materials for his work, as well as some sketches and drawings. They also gifted five finished paintings to the Permanent Collection.

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Amy Seward, who graduated with a MA in History of Art from the University of Birmingham in 2015, has been volunteering to catalogue this archive, which will then become accessible for researchers online on our new collections database.  Amy has also been presenting interesting finds from the archive in themed displays in our Art Library.

 

If anyone would like to share any more information about Harry Wingfield or find out more about the archive project, or may be interested in other volunteer archive projects, please get in touch with Collections Curator, Julie Brown, email:  Julie.brown@walsall.gov.uk