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Plaque put up to honour illustrator in town near Buckingham.

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A plaque honouring artist Stuart Tresilian has been unveiled in Winslow on Sheep street, where he lived.

Tresilian was a British artist and illustrator, who was born in 1891 and illustrated a number of well-known books including Rudyard Kipling’s Animal Stories and All the Mowgli Stories, and Enid Blyton’s Adventure Series.

He retired to Winslow, a town just outside of Buckingham, where he lived until his death in 1974.

Former neighbour, Trevor Goosey, said he was surprised to discover no-one in Winslow knew much about the artist so initiated the idea of getting a plaque mounted outside his former home at 47 Sheep Street.

Goosey added: “Stuart was a lovely man, but very low key and we often used to chat over sherry and biscuits. Our gardens adjoined, and he grew fruit and vegetables and exchanged them for my mowing their lawn.”

Stuart Tresilian was born in Barton Regis, Gloucestershire, on July 12, 1891, and grew up in Islington, London. This may be part of the reason he was relatively unknown. He later studied art at Regent Street Polytechnic, where he became a pupil teacher, and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art.

He was a prolific illustrator from the early 1930s to the late 1960s. His portfolio includes working on magazines like The Wide World Magazine, Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, Zoo, The Passing Show, The Wide World Magazine and Britannia and Eve, as well as numerous children’s books.


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