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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Eric Fraser (1902-1983)


Pen ink and watercolour with bodycolour and pencil

10 ¼ x 7 inches

The Artist's Family

Preliminary design for Miles and John Hadfield, The Twelve Days of Christmas, London: Cassell, 1962, Dust Jacket

'A Book by its Cover', Nunnington Hall, February-March 2017, No 34;
'Eric Fraser 1902-1983', Chris Beetles Gallery, April-May 2013, No 166;
'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, 5 October-6 November 2021, No 282

Writer and publisher, John Hadfield (1907-1999), is perhaps best remembered as the editor of the eccentric and engrossing annual, The Saturday Book. His brother, Miles Hadfield (1903-1982), was a distinguished garden historian. They collaborated together on The Twelve Days of Christmas (1961), a comprehensive book of Christmas lore, and Gardens of Delight (1964), both published by Cassell.

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