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Sybil Tawse

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Occupation  Illustrator
Period  1910–1940
Nationality  English
Born  Sybil Tawse 26 September 1886 Bishopwearmouth (Sunderland), County Durham, England (1886-09-26)
Died  1 March 1971, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Sybil Tawse (26 September 1886 – March 1971), English artist and illustrator.



Tawse was born in Sunderland, England, the fifth child of George Tawse and Elizabeth Ann Harrison. The census for 1891 shows the family living at Bishopwearmouth, County Durham, England.

During her career as artist and illustrator, she lived in London. The 1911 Census shows her living at 19 Gloucester Road, S Kensington, London, with her sisters Catherine and Gladys.

She died in 1971 in Portsmouth, at the age of 84. She never married.


She contributed illustrations to a number of works. A selection is:

  • Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery ; with illustrations by Sybil Tawse. 1908
  • The Essays of Elia, by Charles Lamb. With twenty four illustrations in colour by Sybil Tawse. Chapman & Hall, 1910.
  • Cranford, by Mrs. Gaskell. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1914.
  • Tales from the Poets, W.C. Glover. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1915
  • Xmas shopping, by Sybil Tawse, 1927. (Poster for the London Underground.)
  • References

    Sybil Tawse Wikipedia

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