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Peter Barrett (born 1935)

He is a graphic designer, illustrator and author. His career as an illustrator took off after writing and illustrating a three book series for very young children, along with his wife Susan. Published by Ward Lock, the books (The circle Sara drew, The square Ben drew, The line Sophie drew) became very popular. In the1970s and early 1980s Peter teamed up with Franklin Porcelain. Among his crafted and painted products were a set of thimbles decorated with images of birds, a set of 12 plates with images of the twelve months in the countryside, a set of plates with depictions of animals, and figurines of birds placed upon a porcelain bell.

Peter illustrated reprints and collections of famous animal-centric stories and books by Gerald Durrell, Desmond Morris and James Herriot.

In 1979 he designed and provided the artwork for a set of United Kingdom postage stamps depicting dogs, for which a commemorative first day cover was issued. He has also illustrated the 1987 Random House edition of the children's classic, The Wind in the Willows. In 1982 his illustrations for Birdwatcher's Diary, by Roger Lovegrove drew critical acclaim. Perhaps his greatest achievement was his compendious illustration of ‘Evolution, the Story of Life’, by Douglas Palmer.

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