Biography

Ginger, Phyllis

Phyllis Ginger (1907–2005) was educated at Tiffin Girls’ School. Her family gave her artistic talents little encouragement, but nevertheless, she completed three years at the Richmond School of Art. She took evening classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, to where, at the age of 30, she won a full time scholarship. She was particularly skilled as a topographical artist, and when the Pilgrim Trust began their Recording Britain scheme in 1939, Ginger was commissioned to contribute. She recorded the changing face of Britain as it was altered forever by the ravages of war and development.

After the war, she collaborated with Mrs Robert Henrey on her books London (1948) and The Virgin of Aldermanbury: Rebirth of the City of London (1958), but not all her work was topographical. In later life, she concentrated on portraiture, and in the 1940s, made two contributions to children’s literature. She wrote, and illustrated, number 24 in the Picture Puffin series, Alexander the Circus Pony (1943), and illustrated another pony book, Joan Lamburn’s fantasy The Mushroom Pony (1947).

Finding the book
Very difficult to find indeed, and tends to be very expensive when it does appear.

Links and sources
Thank you to Stella & Rose Books for the photograph
Obituary, The Independent, May 10, 2005
Obituary, The Guardian, August 10, 2005

Bibliography: pony books only
Alexander the Circus Pony, Puffin, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1943, 31 pp.

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