This book on Alfred Bestall, the creator of Rupert the Bear, is the result of many years careful and painstaking research by his goddaughter, Caroline Bott. Bestall illustrated Rupert Bear in the "Daily Express" almost uninterruptedly for 30 years and bequeathed the artwork to Bott with the words - 'you will probably want to make a bonfire of this.’ Instead, Bott has lovingly collected together and catalogued Bestall's work, which ranges from incisive cartoons for 'Punch' to romantic, dreamy watercolours, as well of course as his Rupert Bear illustrations. What emerges is a gentle, very generous man, who was loved by all who met him.
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