Lila Lowenstein

The Lance Hostler Centre in Islington is currently curating an exhibition of original artwork from classic children’s books. Excited at the prospect of seeing the star attraction, I took a break from Christmas shopping to visit the museum last weekend.


Original Drawing of Luke by Lila Lowenstein


This is a sketch in ink by Lila Lowenstein of Luke Hayman, Arthur’s son. The picture is drawn from life with Luke dressed simply in school attire. Lila later adapted this picture into the famous figure of Luke Hayseed, pantaloons and all, for the illustrated edition of the first book in the series, The Garden and the Wood.  


Little is known about Lila, except that she was German, very close to the Hayman family, and by all accounts quite mad.

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2 Responses to “Lila Lowenstein”

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for putting this up and the info on the exhibition, I’ll def be going ot Islington for this. I’ve always thought some of today’s best children’s book sillustrators (Shaun Tan, Alexis Deacon) were influenced by Lowenstein and I think you can see it here: fantastic, easy penmanship, filled with atmosphere. Most of her illustrations in the books had to ‘imply’ Mr Toppit, because she couldn’t show him (obviously) and I think a lot of modern childrens artists have taken her lead on this.

  2. OMG!! seeing this drawing so takes me back to when I read the books! Luke looks soooooo sweet!!

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