Juvenile Productions LTD – An ode to an uncredited illustrator

One of my absolute favorite Alice illustrators. Who is she? he? God only knows. This book was published by Juvenile Productions LTD. If I were lead vocals in a kickass prog rock band, that’d be our name. Fans would call us JPL for short. Anyway, JPL published this one without crediting the truly fantastic artist. Take a look, we see the publishers name, we get a clue to where the illustrator came from, but that is it. No illustrator name presented, not a publication year. Its a mystery.
Please please, contact me, if you know anything about the artist, or that publishing house.
Aside the beautiful illustrations, generously spread throughout the book, a large part of its charm comes from the graphic design, and the general framing of each page.
Presumed 1940’s . Magazine-like print. Beautiful, and inexpensive! I see them go for $10-$30 on ebay. If you fancy an vintage-almost-antique version of Alice, that’s a good one to go for.

This fantastic website, attributes the art to A. A. Nash. However, I myself, need to understand why. See, the same publisher, published another Alice in Wonderland, around that time, but it’s a different set of Alice illustrations altogether. So, I’d need to see more evidence before I’d feel confident in this attribution. The case is still open as far a I’m concerned.

Let’s delve into the illustrations:
Alice falling down the rabbits hole

Drink me scene. How the comics-like design make it come alive

Eat me

The pool of tears

The Caucus race

In the White Rabbit’s House

The Caterpillar

Pig and Pepper

A Mad Tea party

Painting the roses

The Cheshire cat

A game of Croquet

The Mock Turtle’s story

The Trial of the Nave of Hearts

Alice’s Evidence


  1. This looks like the same illustrator as The water babies and Peter Pan would love to see more by this illustrator

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for your comment! i’m guessing you’re speaking of the magnificent Arthur Rackham?
      I know Rackham illustrated The Waterbabies, Peter Pan, and one of the greatest editions of Alice in Wonderland.
      Was there anyone else that you’re thinking of? please let me know if so.
      I wrote about Rackham’s Alice edition here.
      As he passed away in 1939, and his greatness was recognized in his lifetime, the overall style, there’s no way he would go uncredited
      in this edition.
      This edition is credited by the Alice in wonderland community to A. A. Nash, but I like to hold on to the mystery, as it’s not fully established.

    2. I have copies of “The Water Babies”, “Peter Pan and Wendy”, and “Alice in Wonderland” produced and published by Juvenile Productions Ltd, London. Only “Peter Pan” has the author’s name.
      My “Water Babies” came from Wales to New Zealand for Xmas 1946. “Alice in Wonderland” has a sticker saying
      Assembly Book Shop, 44 Margaret St, Sydney and the possible faded price of 6/6 (six shilllings and six pence). I had an aunt living in Sydney who must have sent it to me.
      Wendy on the cover of J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” has the price of 4/- (four shilllings) written on her white dress. No idea where this copy came from but I adored all three books as a child and still treasure them and repairing them again now we have two great-grand-daughters.
      I can’t help favouring the illustrator being a woman and would so love to know who.
      Do you know Alice A Carter’s book “The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love”, about Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley? Although they are a generation earlier than the illustrator than who did the above books, their colour palettes and the sensitivity of the way they draw and paint children is why I think the 1940s books are illustrated by a woman.
      My husband’s grandfather William Bedkober was the illustrator for Whitcombs and Tombs here in NZ from the early 1900s and none of his work is acknowledged although some of the illustrations have is initials tucked into corners. In those days the company owned his work and (I think) the artist – if you know what I mean. He also did illuminated addresses for dignitaries visiting New Zealand and childrens colouring books etc.

      Betty Duncan

      1. Dear Betty,
        Thank you for your wonderful comment. I agree that the illustrator might be a woman. It has such charm and delicacy.
        I was not aware of Alice A. Carter’s book, I googled it now, and the illustrations look lovely, very art nouveau.
        I also looked at the bit I could find online about William Bedkober. I love the few illustrations out there.
        I guess that a few generations ago, publishers viewed the illustrators differently than we do now, and did not perceive crediting them as important.
        All the best,

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  3. Terrific work! Happy to have found this blog. I have this sweet edition and was searching for some information on it.
    Thank you =)

  4. Today I came across this edition. I am not a collector, but I am interested in many books. And I have the answer to your question. The name of the illustrator is: J.M. Barries. The album is indeed very beautifully designed.

  5. The illustrator has also created another album: Peter Pan and Wendy. His name is mentioned on that album. And so not with Alice. Although I don’t speak English, I own Morton N. Cohen’s big book: Lewis Carroll. I also have some publications by Lewis Carrol. Because he’s fascinating. And also his works. I also write myself.

      1. Indeed I made a mistake! I discovered that shortly after my response. I know little about Peter Pan, so I didn’t immediately realize my mistake. Apologies for the confusion! But the right answer will surely come. And: it’s a bit part of the Alice stories. All the mysteries make it special. Sometimes solved mysteries aren’t fun anymore.

  6. So I’ve been considering publishing the images for an Alice illustration and I still wonder if we’re ever going to find a lead to who actually did these and who owns the rights (and the originals). And even if it was Nash, we don’t have ANY information about him/her anyway. My guess is, that it could be the pen name of a female illustrator – the time period was not easy for women and the less people knew the higher the chance she could get work offers. The old times I guess…

    1. Hi Donnie,
      Thank you. Yes, I have a hunch that it’s by a female artist too. I have a few other uncredited Alice’s from the same era, I wrote about a couple in my blog.
      Super talented people, that go without credit. Ah, the good old days 🙂

  7. I compared this “book” with the also “uncredited artist III” edition book, published by Graham E. Charles & Co., New York, that you list in “Illustrators of Alice”.
    In my opinion, both books are by the same illustrators hand.

    1. Thank you Peter,
      While you make an interesting and valid comparison, and I do understand why you come to that conclusion, as the artworks have many similarities, I find that the illustrator of
      the Juvenile productions one, is made more delicately, with a certain depth, that the GrahamE. Charles illustrator seems to lack. Just my opinion though.

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