It’s been a joy curating a collection of framed prints from the Babar series, featuring the world's best-loved elephant Babar on his adventures.
"If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A.A. Milne in his preface to The Story of Babar. "And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now." It was in 1933 that A.A. Milne introduced an English-language version of The Story of Babar to the United Kingdom and the United States, a series which went on to charm readers around the world, in print and on television (and is still going strong 80 years later).
Tested by difficult trials, the loveable Babar always comes out on top, with the help of patience and determination. Jean de Brunhoff's simple and bright illustrations make for charming framed prints for children’s bedrooms or nurseries.
Jean de Brunhoff (1899 – 1937) was born in Paris. Growing up in a family of artists, he was encouraged to pursue his passion for drawing from a young age, going on to study painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before starting his career as an artist and illustrator.
In 1931, de Brunhoff's wife Cécile suggested that he write and illustrate a children's story about an elephant she had made up for their children as a bedtime story. The result was "The Story of Babar," which became an instant success. De Brunhoff went on to write and illustrate four more Babar books before his untimely death from tuberculosis in 1937 at the age of 37.
De Brunhoff's son Laurent took over the coloring of his fathers' black-and-white drawings for two unfinished titles, despite being only thirteen years old at the time, and after World War II, Laurent continued the series by personally writing and illustrating dozens of new Babar titles.
THE PRINT AND FRAME
The print is framed by hand in Cambridgeshire in the UK, using only European sourced PEFC™ and FSC approved woods. Frames are Fine Art Trade Guild accredited which means they meet strict conservation standards and are built to last for generations to come.
We use Clarity+ glazing which is a high-quality acrylic glass alternative, offering high UV resistance which doesn't yellow over time, is not easily scratched and is safe for use in children's bedrooms.
Your framed print will arrive with D-rings and cord already attached, ready to hang right out of the box.
Including the frame, with mount, the medium framed print is 45cm wide and 37cm high.
The medium print itself is 35cm wide and 27cm high.
All dimensions are approximate.