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Victor Ambrus

Victor Ambrus is best known in the horse world for illustrating some of the Silver Brumby books, and some editions of K M Peyton’s Flambards, but is now probably best known for his part in Channel 4’s archaeology programme, Time Team.

He has illustrated two editions of Black Beauty: one a straightforward edition for The Brockhampton Press, with 8 full page black and white illustrations. I’m not sure this is among his best work. He has also done a more recent, and much more successful, edition for Dorling Kindersley. This edition is abridged, and is aiming to educate its infant reader. Each page has sidebars with explanations of what is described in the text.


The Brockhampton Press, Leicester, 1973, 8to. Introduction: Susan Chitty, 224 pp.

Brown boards with gilt spine lettering. Illustrated dustjacket. B/W frontis. 8 full page b/w illustrations. Illustrations: cover, 3 b/w illustrations, rear cover

Dorling Kindersley, London, 1997, abridged Caryn Jenner. 64 pp. Pictorial boards with dustjacket. Full colour illustrations on every page.