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Signed with drawing Miss Carter Came With Us Book by Helen Bradley
Miss Carter Came With Us Written by Author and Artist Helen Bradley.
Reprint 1973. Hardback with dustcover first published 1973, 32 pages.
First edition Release Date: 1971
This copy is signed by Helen Bradley with an inscription and a small drawing.
"To Hazel Helen Bradley Dec 13th 1973"
A small simple drawing of a fly is drawn below the inscription."
This may have been signed by Helen Bradley during a Christmas book signing event in 1973.
Inset in the dust cover says:
"if you can imagine a combination of Kathleen Hale's Orlando books, which have an innocence totally free from whimsy, Daisy Ashford's ingenuousness in The Young Visitors and Lowry's pictures of the industrial north, then Helen Bradley's painting has something of all of these."
"With these words The Times greeted the publication of the now celebrated And Miss Carter Wore Pink. The lovely colour, the charm and activity of all of the characters has won Helen Bradley, a 73-year-old grandmother of seven, a devoted following. Her paintings have sold for as much as £2,000 apeice, and novelist John Fowles called her bestselling book 'the best Christmas card of the Decade'."
"In Miss Carter Came With Us Helen Bradley depicts life in Lancashire throughout the whole year of 1908. 'My pictures are a love story of that gentle period,' she says. The same loved characters of the previous book make their appearance -the three maiden aunts in their graceful muslin skirts, their friend Miss Carter (who wore pink), Wille Murgatroyd, the mill lad who was always fighting, Helen herself and her brother George, the dogs Gyp and Barney. Whether the scenes and their delightful gay commentary depict shopping trips, a picnic party, holiday fun in Blackpool, Christmas Day, or even a suffragette meeting (where Miss Carter fainted), they add up to a be-guiling look back at an Edwardian childhood that can only evoke nostalgic envy in the 1970s."
A British niave painter of her childhood Edwardian scenes Helen Bradley painting started in her 60's in order to show her grandchildren the happy childhood she remembered.
This is the third of a series of books written to help to raise the profile of her art to all ages.