Person    | Female  Born 28/1/1874  Died 15/3/1948

Mary Tourtel

Categories: Art, Children, Literature

Author and artist. Born Mary Caldwell. She studied art and became a children's book illustrator. Her husband Herbert Tourtel, was news editor of the Daily Express. In 1920 the newspaper was looking to produce a comic strip as competition for those in other daily papers. Tourtel suggested his wife, and Rupert Bear was born. In later years, after her eyesight started fading, the illustrations were taken over by Alfred Bestall.

There are two other plaques for her in Canterbury.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Mary Tourtel

Commemorated ati

Mary Tourtel

{Above an image of Rupert Bear:} Mary Tourtel, 1874 - 1948, creator of Rupert...

Read More

Other Subjects

Max Beerbohm

Max Beerbohm

Caricaturist and writer. Born 57 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington. In the Oscar Wilde circle of friends. He became successful and famous at aged 24, but never rich. Half brother and cousin to He...

Person, Art, Literature

2 memorials
Caroline Watson

Caroline Watson

Engraver royal to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.

Person, Art

1 memorial
Peter De Wint

Peter De Wint

Water colour painter.  Born Stoke-on-Trent.  Came to London to study painting.  Died at home, 40 Upper Gower Street.

Person, Art

1 memorial
Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman

Artist, film director, stage designer, writer, gardener, and queer activist. Born as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman in Northwood. Had a studio at Butler's Wharf in the 1970s. Died of an AIDS-related...

Person, Art, Cinema, Gender Issues, Seriously Famous

1 memorial
Sir Noel Paton

Sir Noel Paton

Born Dunfermline, Scotland as Joseph Noel Paton. Painter. He first achieved success as a book illustrator. His early paintings heavily featured fairies, but in due course he became influenced by ...

Person, Art, Scotland

1 memorial