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Eric Beddows fonds. - 1985-1992. - 3 m of graphic material and textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Ken Nutt (whose pseudonym is Eric Beddows) is an award-winning illustrator of children's books. He was born in Woodstock, Ontario, in 1951 and studied fine arts at York University (1970-72), then worked at The Gallery in Stratford, in various capacities while continuing to paint and draw. Nutt was invited by friend Tim Wynne-Jones to illustrate Zoom at Sea (1983) which won numerous awards: The Children's Book of the Year Citation, The International Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, The Canadian Association of Children's Librarians Award (CACL), The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, and The Ontario Arts Council Award. Nutt adopted the pseudonym Eric Beddows in 1986 to distinguish his work as an illustrator from his work as an artist.

Beddows continued to produce equally successful illustrated works. He collaborated with Tim Wynne-Jones on two more "Zoom" titles: Zoom Away and Zoom Upstream (1993, 1994). Other collaborative works include The Emperor's Panda by David Day (1986), the Cave of Snores by Dennis Haseley (1987) and Night Cars by Teddy Jam (1989). In addition, Beddows collaborated with Paul Fleischman on several books of poems for children: I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices, the Newberry-winning Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and the story, Shadow Play (1985, 1988, 1990). More recently, Beddows received the Notable Books citation from the American Library Association, in 1992, for Who Shrank My Grandmother's House? Poems of Discovery, and the Governor General's Literary Award for best illustration in an English book, in 1996, for The Rooster's Gift by Pam Conrad.

Scope and Content

The Eric Beddows fonds includes the sketches, studies, research notes and final illustrations for The Cave of Snores, Night Cars and Zoom Upstream.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Ken Nutt in 1988, 1991 and 1994. [1988-02, 1991-04, 1994-09]

Language: research notes are in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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