LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. 'He began to kick and scratch till the poor cow was nearly mad.' Watercolor and ink. 245x190 mm; 9 3/4x7 1/2 inches. Illustration for Tom Thumb, London: Frederick Warne, 1904. Initialed lower left corner.
Best known for his classic Johnny Crow's Garden, L. Leslie Brooke was also an important British illustrator of nursery rhymes and fairy tales including The Golden Goose. He was the one who convinced his publishers Frederick Warne & Co. to issue The Tale of Peter Rabbit by the then unknown Beatrix Potter in 1902. Includes a proof hand-colored by Brooke with slight variations from the finished watercolor.
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