First steps as an illustrator and first major success

Reg and Ann Cartwright in the studio, 1989

Reg and Ann Cartwright, with a copy of The Last Dodo and artwork from Polly and the Privet Bird, in the studio, 31 May 1989. From the Leicester Mercury Archive of photographic prints, negatives and cuttings, which has recently been deposited with the University of Leicester.  ©Leicester Mercury.

Born in Leicester in 1938, Reg Cartwright is an award-winning painter and illustrator, whose work has been exhibited around the world.  He is perhaps best known as the illustrator of 40 books for young readers, many of which were produced in collaboration with his wife Ann, whom he married in 1962 and with whom he has two sons.

First steps as an illustrator and first major success