The Snowman, by Helen Bradley (1900-1979).

Helen Bradley picked up a paintbrush. She mixed a little pink colour, she painted the dress of a tiny figure. From that moment was created the enchanting land that was to delight millions. The figure she painted was that of Miss Carter (who wore pink) who features in most of Helen Bradley’s paintings. Other characters you will find are her mother, grandmother, her three maiden aunts, Mr Taylor (the bank manager) Helen herself with brother George and their dogs Gyp and Barney and many others.

Helen Bradley was born near Oldham, Lancashire. She was interested in art all her life, but it was not until she was in her sixties and her grandchildren were asking what life was like when she was a child, that she started painting the scenes she remembered of her own Edwardian Childhood.

Magazine features, appearances on television and radio endeared this Grandma in her sixties to the general public. Helen Bradley awarded the M.B.E. for services to the arts died on the 19th of July 1979 shortly before she was due to receive her M.B.E. from Her Majesty The Queen.

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