Terence R Freeman

Born 1909
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Nelson 1954
I first met with Freeman's illustrations in Robert Martin's popular Joey series of books published in the 1950s by Nelson.

Joey and his gang lives in the middle of London, and most of their adventures happened around there. Freeman's illustrations caught the atmosphere of growing up in a big city, as can be seen from the dustwrapper of the first book. Occasional adventures took place away from London, the one illustrated on the right in marshland not unlike the Romney Marshes.

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Nelson 1957

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Jon and Penny
from The Gay Dolphin Adventure
His first work connected with Malcolm Saville was in 1959 when he produced an attractive dustwrapper for the otherwise unillustrated Mystery Mine.

For the next Lone Pine book, Sea Witch Comes Home, he painted the portraits of David and Rose onto a photograph of Walberswick taken by the author.

In 1963 Newnes reissued The Gay Dolphin Adventure with a new dustwrapper illustration by Freeman. It was a version of the first one by Bertram Prance, and Freeman added his own touch to Prance's spine illustration, this time of Jon and Penny examining the old map.

The following year Newnes published Treasure at Amorys (Newnes 1964) for which he provided chapter head illustrations as well as the dustwrapper.
The Smugglers Rest
from Treasure At Amorys

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Freeman took over from E H Shepard the illustration of the Susan and Bill series for the final two books: Susan, Bill and the Bright Star Circus (Nelson 1960) and Susan, Bill and the Pirates Bold (Nelson 1961).
For each of these he provided a full colour frontispiece as well as black and white text illustrations and dustwrapper.
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Freeman also illustrated, among many others, the Warren series of books by Marjorie Sindall; A Stephen Tring's Penny series and Hobby Horse Cottage by Miss Read (1958).

As a change from the above, I thought I'd end with something different.

The illustration alongside is one of many from the book The Cream of Alpines by the horticulturalist Frank Barker published in 1958 by Nelson.
The book is illustrated throughout with black and white line drawings of the plants, and there are six full colour plates showing three or four specimens on each.

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Calceolaria darwinii
by Terence Freeman


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Illustrations copyright the artist and the respective Publishers
Text copyright John Allsup
Created August 2002
last updated Aug 2003