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Barbara Constance Freeman (1906-1999)

Barbara Constance Freeman was born on 29 November 1906 in Ealing, near London. She attended the Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey and later studied at the Kingston School of Art.

She illustrated many books by other writers, including The Treasure Hunters by Enid Blyton, and many collections of fairy tales, both traditional tales by Grimm and Andersen and modern stories. Some of her earliest illustrations are found in The Cuckoo Book (1942), a book of fairy tales by Edith Mary Bell. She also contributed to comics, including Playhour, and to annuals, such as, Blackie's Children's Annual 1934.

By the 1960s she had begun writing and illustrating her own books for children and young adults. Some have a touch of fantasy: in Two-thumb Thomas the eponymous hero is raised by school cats; in Broom-Adelaide, a fox rides a flying broomstick. Some, including Lucinda and The Name on the Glass, are set in the past, while in others, such as A Book by Georgina and The Other Face, the lives of the main characters are interwoven with history.

Her artwork is both clean-cut and winsome: an unmistakable style. Some of her illustrations are still in print as posters and art prints.

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Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Skiers sheltering, circa 1930
Barbara Constance Freeman
Skiers sheltering, circa 1930  For sale
£1800
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Study of a seated lady with pink hat, circa 1925
Barbara Constance Freeman
Study of a seated lady with pink hat  For sale
£450
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Study of seated woman with fur trimmed coat and hat, 19 March 1926
Barbara Constance Freeman
Study of seated woman with fur...  For sale
£660
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Seated woman, absorbed in thought
Barbara Constance Freeman
Seated woman, absorbed in thought  Sold 
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Nurse pouring medicine in a glass, May 29th 1940
Barbara Constance Freeman
Nurse pouring medicine in a glass  Sold 
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Profile study of nude standing, arms behind her back, right foot raised on a block, circa 1925
Barbara Constance Freeman
Profile study of nude standing  Sold 
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Study of seated nude , 12 October 1926
Barbara Constance Freeman
Study of seated nude , 12 October 1926  Sold 
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Profile study of a nude, holding a stick, seated on a stool , 19 January 1928
Barbara Constance Freeman
Profile study of a nude  Sold 
Artist Barbara Constance Freeman: Study of Cockerels, 1924
Barbara Constance Freeman
Study of Cockerels, 1924  Sold