Harliquinade - Clarke Hutton

Hutton studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1927-30). For some time he worked with William Pitcher, the ballet designer. In the late twenties he took to lithography, replacing his teacher A. S. Hartrick at Central as Instructor in Lithography (1930-68). Hutton was a prolific book illustrator (about fifty) and contributed to 'Recording Britain', to several Puffin Picture Books and to the 'OUP Picture History' series. He himself provided the text for several Puffins. He collaborated with Noel Carrington (editor of Pufin Books) for the King Penguin Popular English Art (1945). Harlequinade seems to echo Hutton's early interest in stage design and uses the strong, simple colours of his Puffin Picture Books. The characters probably were not known to children, but his print has lively movement with some scope for childish imagination as to what is actually going on.  Full Image