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Charles Keeping (1924-1988)

Charles Keeping (1924-1988)

As an illustrator and lithographer, Charles Keeping produced dynamic and emotive images. He became particularly well known for his work on historical novels for children, and produced the first full edition of Dickens to be illustrated by a single artist. He also wrote the texts to his own highly memorable picture books.
Charles Keeping was born in Lambeth, East London, on 22 September 1924. His secure and happy upbringing had an unusually important effect in shaping both the man and the artist. In spending his childhood in a house that overlooked an active stable yard, he became a frequent and accurate observer of horses and carts.

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