Richard Erdoes – Childrens book illustration

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Richard Erdoes – Policemen around the world c1967

Richard Erdoes was an author and illustrator. He was born in Vienna, Austria in 1912 and later immigrated to the United States. The book above is one of a 3 part “around the world” series. The other two books were Musicians of the world and Peddlers and Vendors of the world. Both of which, were produced around the same time in the late 1960s.

It looks like Erdoes’ used a combination of Pen/ Ink and gouache to achieve the finished look found in the images above. This reminds me of the work of Miroslav Sasek who I believe used gouache as well.

Many thanks to grain edit reader Thorsten Schmidt for sending the following Richard Erdoes link in:
Richard Erdoes magazine illustration

You can pick up a copy of Policemen around the world at Amazon.


Also available for your viewing pleasure: Ryohei Yanagihara

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Little Dave/Liz Jr. is going to have the greatest book collection ever.

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I was going to say that this stuff looked very much like M. Sasek’s work. Nice to see what the book looks like now, and it’s nice to see that there’s two other books in this series! Time to do some eBayin’….

Thanks for sharing on the Retro Kid!

Hey Ward, Thanks for stopping in!
Erdoes also has another book for kids entitled “come over to my house” (The author for this title is Theo LeSieg). Same kind of idea. Its about a boy that travels the world to see how other children his age live.The illustrations aren’t as good as the “around the world” series though.

Every time I come here I end up on Amazon or ebay…Thank you for helping me building a strong reference library!

Hahahaha! awesome. Hopefully grain edit won’t make you go broke.

So good. Love that “Come Over to My House” too. Great picks!

other books illustrated by Erdoes include:
A child’s History of Rome ( also Authored )
Memoirs of a certain Mouse
The spotted Stones
The Cat and the Devil
The green tree House ( also authored )