Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker.

Cicely Mary Barker was born in 1895 in Croydon, South London, and spent most of her life there. Because of ill-health she was educated at home and largely taught herself to draw and paint, encouraged by a supportive family and assisted by membership of the Croydon Art Society. She was only sixteen when she had her first work accepted for publication as a set of postcards, and from that time she devoted her career to painting.

In 1923 Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairy illustrations and verses were published. These were the “Flower Fairies of the Spring”, the first of the flower fairy series. This was to be the catalyst to the creation of her widely acclaimed flower fairy series of books.

Cicely Mary Barker’s fairy paintings became hugely popular, especially loved by Queen Mary who frequently sent postcards to friends; notably the illustrations of “Elves and Fairies” which were published in 1918.

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