My maternal Grandfather, Alfred Corney Lavers, had 4 children, two boys and two girls.
When they married and had children of their own, he made each of their first-born
a book of nursery rhymes that he illustrated.
I have vivid memories of my book but only one of the originals has survived and this
belongs to my Cousin, Stephen Lavers. The cards in this series come from his book.
Each book had little personal touches. For some time Stephen's Father worked for
Gilbey's Gin, hence the details in Hark Hark the Dogs Do Bark. Then there is the
change of Simple Simon Went a Fishing to Little Stephen went a fishing.
Our Grandfather was not a professional artist but the watercolours show a skill and
beauty that we both thought deserved to reach a wider audience.
All 24 cards can be seen and purchased from the Love From the Artist web site:
(See direct link in Links Section
They are £2.50 each plus packing and postage. There is a facility on this site for you to add your own message in the inside of the card.
They can also be purchased from the Willow Gallery in Oswestry at a price of £3 - these cards are blank inside.