Harry Pettit

Artist and Naturalist (d. 1958)

Has the distinction of being the only artist here to have illustrated a Saville book set in his own house.
Treasure at the Mill (Newnes 1957) was written by Saville as a film story for the Children's Film Foundation based on Pettit's lovely Mill home in Essex. His children are main characters of the story, and he actually appears as their father in the film.

Harry Pettit - a View of his Art article.
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first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
dustwrapper
Unto the Fields, by D W Gillingham The Museum Press 1953 and reissued by the Country Book Club in 1955 describes the ecology of an area on the borders of London explored by the author and illustrated by Harry Pettit.
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detail of first edition dustwrapper picture
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dustwrapper
Under the Sun by George and Martha Berry
published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1955.
116pp; illustrated throughout in black and white by Harry Pettit, is described as 'a book of discoveries in the animal world'.
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At the front of the book is a two page spread pictorial map of Mr Pink's cottage, the village and the land explored by the book.
In the upper half of the right hand page is a small river, and on the river a small mill which does not appear in the book. It is a tiny part of the map, shown here, about 35 by 45mm (1.5x2 inches).
It is Spring Valley Mill, home of the artist.
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A Tale of Two Wrens from The Playhour Annual 1960.
A full colour two page spread strip showing a variety of wild British birds.
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One of the pictures from the left hand page above showing a Goldcrest and a Crested Tit in an authentic setting.
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That's all folks
from 'Unto the Fields'. Click to enlarge
Chapter head from 'Unto the Fields'
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Sources:
Eagle Annuals:
Girl Annual:
Unto the Fields, by D W Gillingham The Museum Press 1953 and reissued by The Country Book Club in 1955
Under the Sun by George and Martha Berry published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1955
Treasure at the Mill by Malcolm Saville Newnes 1957, reissued Armada 1964
Playhour Annual 1959 Amalgamated Press 1958
Playhour Annual 1960 Amalgamated Press 1959

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Created August 2002
last updated Aug 2005