LE CAIN, Errol

(1941 - 1989)
"one should not be too dogmatic when talking of picture books"

Errol John Le Cain was born and brought up in the Far East, spending his childhood in Singapore and India. Images from this time in his life permeate his illustrations, which are frequently highly decorative, and vibrant with luminous colour.

Le Cain's early career was in TV and film animation, projects incuded work on the 1967 Bond film Casino Royale and a BBC animation of The Snow Queen.

Le Cain's career as a book illustrator began in 1968, with his first picture book – King Arthur’s Sword, one of only a few of his works to be written and illustrated by him. It appears that he was most content illustrating books written by others, or giving his own interpretation of classic fairy tales, such as Cinderella (1971), Thorn Rose (1975), and Beauty and the Beast (1979). He once wrote “The first task of an illustrator is to be in full sympathy with the writer. No matter how splendid and exciting the drawings may be, if they work against the story the picture book is a failure” (Illustrators of Children’s Books, by Bertha Mahoney). He ably demostrated this sentiment in his presentation of many myths, legends and verse.

After twice being runner up for the Kate Greenaway Medal , he finally won the award in 1985 for his illustrations to Longfellow's Hiawatha’s Childhood.

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

LE CAIN, Errol

£150.00

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

LE CAIN, Errol

£50.00

Growltiger's Last Stand

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£50.00

The Christmas Stockings by Mathew Price

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£95.00

Original Watercolour for "The Flying Ship"

LE CAIN, Errol

£2,750.00

A Signed Original Illustration: My Cousin Rachel

LE CAIN, Errol

£750.00

A Signed Original Illustration

LE CAIN, Errol

£850.00

A Signed Original Illustration

LE CAIN, Errol

£650.00