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THE STORY OF … ROBERT AYTON

PART 3 - THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOK OF AESOP’S FABLES

I had heard references to these books during my visit in 1978 and during later visits with Joan such that they became part of the family mythology surrounding Robert, but I had never seen them. Among some papers forwarded to me in 1998 by Mo Bloomfield I


found a photocopy of the note from Doug Keen to Robert mentioning an enthusiastic review of the books.


When I started to research Robert’s work and especially Aesop’s Fables, I came across references to many scholarly works where the Ladybird volumes received a mention. Dr. Chris Mullen in the Visual Telling of Stories on www.fulltable.com referenced the illustrator and lecturer John Vernon Lord’s use of an image from Robert’s Fox and the Crow in one of his lectures. Chris kindly connected me to John. And John, who had illustrated Aesop’s Fables himself, very generously sent me his personal copies of the First and Second Books. Today I cherish these books as they are a link between two superb visual story tellers of similarly eclectic careers who may have attended the same art school (Central). When I started to research Robert’s work and especially Aesop’s Fables, I came across references to many scholarly works where the Ladybird volumes received a mention. Dr. Chris Mullen in the Visual Telling of Stories on


www.fulltable.com referenced the illustrator and lecturer John Vernon Lord’s use of an image from Robert’s Fox and the Crow in one of his lectures. Chris kindly connected me to John. And John, who had illustrated Aesop’s Fables himself, very generously sent me his personal copies of the First and Second Books. Today I cherish these books as they are a link between two superb visual story tellers of similarly eclectic careers who may have attended the same art school (Central).


The Story of Robert Ayton Part 3 - Aesop's Tales  

The background to Robert Ayton's Ladybird Book artwork for Aesop's Tales, Books 1 and 2

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