As I have written before, I used to assume that Google was some sort of magical portal to the sum total of human knowledge. However, when I began my current job, I realised how limited the internet really was.
Clarke Hutton is a perfect example of this. Google his name and you will find a pitifully small number of articles, including this post, which I wrote in October. He was a highly-respected illustrator in his day - the middle of the 20th century - but appears to have been almost completely forgotten.
Last week I discovered a 1950s children's history of Australia, which was illustrated by Hutton. I have no idea if he ever went there.
Hutton's illustrations are more conventional than the ones in his 'Picture History of Britain'. Perhaps that's because the contemporary aesthetic had changed and the angular, neo-Modernist style was no longer in fashion. But even Clarke Hutton, at his most watered-down and conventional, has a quality that demands attention:
Apparently there are several titles available with Hutton illustrations, so I'll try to post some more in the near future.