The illustrators

Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows. Learn more about each illustrator by clicking on their pictures below.

Gordon Allen

Gordon Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Loving the etchings of Rembrandt, he taught himself how to etch through trial and error, and established a business, selling through several galleries across the United States. For many years, Gordon has div …

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Gary Bullock

Gary Bullock

Gary Bullock is a U.K. based digital commercial illustrator with many years experience working in a wide variety of illustrative styles. He made the decision to become an illustrator at an early age when he was told off by his teacher for doodling in h …

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Jean-Manuel Duvivier

Jean-Manuel specialises in not specialising. He loves to do editorial for magazines and newspapers, corporate images for annual reports, advertising campaigns and book illustration.

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Tom Duxbury

Tom grew up in rural Yorkshire, close to the same ‘wild and windy moors’ familiar from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, which meant that his family home was always filled with stories – especially ghostly ones.

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Clifford Harper

Clifford Harper was born in 1949 in a working class neighbourhood of West London. His father was a postman and his mother a cook.

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Hazel Partridge

Hazel Partridge

Hazel Partridge is a graduate illustrator from Falmouth University currently dividing her time between Cornwall and The Cotswolds. Her illustrative work often explores themes of nature, pattern and tradition using a wide range of media, notably paper-c …

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Jeffrey Thompson

Jeffrey Thompson graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with an BFA in 1992 and has worked as an illustrator for the past 15 years.

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Sarah Young

Sarah Young is a Printmaker, Painter, Designer, Maker and Illustrator. Her first venture was a travelling puppet theatre which used all of the above skills.

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