Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Charley Harper - an Illusatrated Life

I absolutely love Charley Harper and have been dreaming about owning 'An Illustrated Life' for a couple of years now, but at around £100 it was way too expensive. Good news though for me is that they have brought out a smaller version that is only £30 so I snapped it up straight away.

It's beautiful, full of his amazing artwork for 'Ford Times' magazine;




 and many other beautiful prints;




The artwork spans the 1940's through to his most recent commission completed in 2006. They cover such a wide range of subjects, not just the birds and wildlife that are most commonly reproduced, but illustrations for Betty Crocker's cook book and photos of his mosaics. It hard not to chop the book up and frame all the pictures for my walls! but one day I will own a Charley Harper print all of my own.


  1. I didn't know the name but i recognise a few of the pictures. It looks gorgeous!

  2. They have done some lovely children's books with his pictures too, well worth a look.

  3. I just found your blog via Heather's and coincidentally I was going to blog about Charley Harper! I LOVE his illustrations :)
    I want to get his ABC book for my daughter but now I'm tempted to get An Illustrated Life for me!

  4. I bought that book for my son, well, he's not actually allowed to touch it, more admire it from afar. It's very lovely - you must get it. This version of An Illustrated Life is a bargain I think, so many pictures.

  5. I bought my daughter 2 of Charley Harper's children's books for xmas and have kept admiring An Illustrated Life but at £100 couldn't afford it so I'm delighted to read in your blog that they have bought out a smaller version. I too would be tempted to frame the pictures!!
    Happy New Year