First published in 1926, “Flower Fairies of the Autumn” is the third in a series of “Flower Fairy” books by English illustrator and author, Cicely Mary Barker. Barker trained at the Croydon School of Art starting at age 13 and began her professional career drawing and painting for greeting cards and children’s magazines. A gifted artist in watercolors, oils, pastels, as well as pen and ink, Barker was inspired by the popularity of fairies in the early twentieth-century to create one of her most famous and enduring works, “Flower Fairies of the Autumn”. Exquisitely rendered and charmingly detailed, the book is a collection of twenty-four poems and paintings depicting flowers and their guardian fairies. Barker’s work is an amazing combination of both realism and fantasy as she studied and worked hard to make her drawings and paintings as close to the natural world as possible. Barker combined her impressive artistic talent with a lively and playful world of magic and imagination. The result is a timeless series of books that have charmed children and adults for generations. This edition reproduces in full color her original illustrations along with their accompanying poems.
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