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This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ
Dates of Creation 1951-1999
Name of Creator Betty and Anthony Reid
Language of Material English
Physical Description 11 archive boxes, 3 0/S folders + 5 framed paintings

Scope and Content

Collection of publications, prints and original artwork by the illustrators Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone acquired by Betty and Anthony Reid, admirers and personal friends of the illustrators. The collection consists of an almost complete set of books illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone; an almost complete set of greetings cards designed by the twins; a complete run of 'Finding Out' magazine and several 'Robin' annuals, publications to which the sisters contributed illustrations; six original gouache paintings by the sisters; original pencil drawings and sketches, mostly military, by Anne Grahame Johnstone; dufex prints of some of the twins' paintings; some personal correspondence from the twins; and various ephemera. The collection constitutes an unbroken sequence of the twins' work, whether as original artwork or published material, from about 1951 to 1999. The collection also includes the typescript of an unpublished book by Betty and Anthony Reid, the originators of the collection, which gives a brief overview of their relationship with the twins and a more in-depth critique of their work. This typescript also gives a detailed history of how the collection was developed over the years, and where material came from.

The collection is arranged into nine series - Illustrated books; Greetings cards; Magazines; Paintings; Drawings; Dufex prints; Press articles; Miscellaneous; and 'Gems in Unfathom'd Caves': unpublished book by Betty & Anthony Reid. This system of arrangement is based on that used by the Reids, and no alterations have been made to their original arrangement. All series, file and item titles given in inverted commas are those used by the Reids to organise the material. Further information on the contents of each series can be found at series level in the catalogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

The material was collected over roughly a forty year period, between the 1960s and the 1990s, by Betty and Anthony Reid. Some of the material was donated to the Reids by the twins, or other members of their family, like their brother Captain Murray Johnstone. Other material was collected by directly contacting different publishers of Johnstone artwork, or through contact with other friends of the Johnstone twins.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to Seven Stories by Betty and Anthony Reid in January 2004.

Subjects

Children's literature
Women artists

Personal Names

Johnstone Janet Grahame 1928-1979
Johnstone Anne Grahame 1928-1998

Cataloguing Info

Title Johnstone Memorial Collection
Author Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Publication Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books 16/12/2009
Edition Edition 1.0
Creation Finding aid created by export from CALM v8.0.1.36 Archives Hub EAD2002
Language Usage English
Revisions

Illustrated books

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/01
Dates of Creation c 1960s-1990s
Physical Description 228 books

Scope and Content

Collection of books featuring illustrations by the Johnstone twins, including 201 children's books, 18 variant editions, and 9 equestrian books.

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

Greetings cards

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 2 boxes

Scope and Content

The Johnstone sisters designed a large number of greetings cards for various publishers, including Royle Publications Ltd. of London and Valentines of Dundee. In their lifetimes they produced just over 200 of these, including about 80 colour postcards. None are dated, but they appear over a 30 year period, roughly 1968-1998. This series consists of examples of 130 of these greetings cards, as well as examples of 16 greetings cards designed by Doris and Anna Zinkeisen.

Each card in the series is described individually at item level, with details of the artist/artists and the card publisher, including the publisher's reference number (where known). Unless otherwise stated, all cards are in colour. The numbers given in square brackets alongside the title are the card numbers from the Reids' own numbering sequence, and refer to the Checklist of Greetings Cards which appears in the Reids' unpublished book (see JAJ/09).

Subjects

Johnstone, JanetGrahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

Album 1

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 20 items

Scope and Content

20 colour and black and white greetings cards (numbered 1-20) mostly depicting animals, although a few are of people including some Christmas scenes.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Spiral bound, self-adhesive photograph album with cards mounted one to a page.

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'Happy Christmas' [1/B1]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/01
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

Probably the first Johnstone card, printed by The Ponies of Britain. One of only three black-and-white cards in the collection, the other two being JAJ/02/01/02-03. A piebald pony rolls on its back, framed by branches of holly. Although the printed card states Especially designed for "The Ponies of Britain by the Misses Graham [sic] Johnstone", these three cards bear only the initials J.J. (used by Janet) and may well be by her alone.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Print

Subjects

Johnstone, JanetGrahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'Far From the Madding Crowd' [2/B2]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/02
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by The Ponies of Britain. One of only three black-and-white cards in the collection, the other two being JAJ/02/01/01 & 03.Depicts three windswept ponies on a bare moor.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'The Stallion' [3/B3]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/03
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by The Ponies of Britain. One of only three black-and-white cards in the collection, the other two being JAJ/02/01/01-02. Depicts a white stallion on a sloping field with a strong wind blowing its mane, and the bare branches of a winter tree.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'The Hornpiper' [4/B4]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/04
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by National Association for the Paralysed. Shows a sailor in Victorian dress dancing a hornpipe.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'The Bugle Call' [5/B5]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/05
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by National Association for the Paralysed. Shows a mounted officer of the Queen's Guard, with plumed helmet and sword, blowing a bugle call.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'M'Lady' [6/B6]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/06
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by The Ponies of Britain. Shows a lady riding side-saddle on a white horse through a snowy landscape, accompanied by a dog.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'The Good Companion' [7/B7]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/07
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by The Ponies of Britain. A companion card to 'M'Lady'. Shows a boy riding a piebald pony through a meadow, accompanied by two dogs.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'Ponies in the Snow' [8/B8]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/08
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by Gordon Fraser Gallery, Bedford (ref. GF 1334 55A). Shows two ponies standing in the snow.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'The Trotting Donkey' [9/B9]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/09
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by Royle Publications Ltd. (ref. B151). Shows a boy in Victorian costume riding a donkey through snowy countryside.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'Companions 1' [10/B10]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/10
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by Gordon Fraser Gallery, Bedford (ref. GF 1077 133-B). Shows a tabby cat and black cat against a plain gold background.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998

'Companions 2' [11/B11]

This material is held at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
Reference Number(s) GB 1840 JAJ/02/01/11
Dates of Creation nd [c 1968-1998]
Physical Description 1 card

Scope and Content

By both Johnstone sisters, printed by Gordon Fraser Gallery, Bedford (ref. GF1078 133B). Shows a tabby cat and a black cat against a plain turquoise background.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Offset Colour Print

Subjects

Johnstone, Janet Grahame, 1928-1979
Johnstone, Anne Grahame, 1928-1998