It’s been an honour collaborating with the Jill Murphy Estate, bringing a collection of prints from the much-loved Bear Family to life for the very first time.
We’ve all had One of Those Days and the Bear Family is no different! Baby bear is late for nursery, Mummy bear breaks her glasses, and Daddy bear spills his coffee at work… A very relatable story, full of Jill Murphy's characteristic warmth and humour, Just One of Those Days was published in 2020, forty years after we first met The Bear Family in 1980.
Jill Murphy’s The Bear Family series of books comprise wonderfully warm and relatable stories, Murphy’s acute observation of family life delighting both children and adults alike. Murphy’s art, each print telling its own story, makes beautiful framed prints for children’s bedrooms or nurseries.
Jill Murphy (1949 – 2021) was born in Surrey. Her father had a talent for drawing that he shared with Jill, regularly slipping illustrated notes into her school lunchbox, and her mother - previously a librarian in the Harrods lending library - had wanted to be a writer and did much to encourage Jill (while still at school Jill made her own library of hand-written and illustrated books to share with her friends).
Murphy’s first success came with the enormously popular The Worst Witch series, which went on to be repeatedly adapted for film, TV and the stage. The Bear Family (beginning with Peace at Last) and the Large Family (beginning with Five Minutes’ Peace) soon followed. Murphy’s picture books were successful both commercially and in terms of critical acclaim, her stories coupled with stunning illustrations reflecting the warmth and mess of family life.
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 37cm wide and 45cm high.
The medium print itself is 27cm wide and 35cm high.
All dimensions are approximate.