Robert Lawson

1892 - 1957

Robert Lawson is a native New Yorker who has become an ardent country dweller. He has built a charming house a few miles from Westport, Connecticut, which he calls Rabbit Hill, because it really is on a hill and there really are rabbits. His studio looks out over a field of them and sometimes he finds them in his hillside garden.

After schooldays in Montclair, N.J. and training in the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, Robert Lawson began his career as an illustrator in 1914 with magazine work. 1917 took him to France in the Camouflage Section of the U.S. Army, and the following ten years were given to commercial and magazine illustrating.

In 1930 Arthur Mason's "The Wee Men of Ballywooden" delighted children's-book lovers with black-and-white drawings of delicate humor and rich imagination by an artist new in the book field, and since that time Robert Lawson has illustrated nearly thirty other children's books. they are of great variety, from historical stories to "Ferdinand", from Bible stories to the nursery rhymes of "Four and Twenty Blackbirds", but always he approaches each new task with a lively mind that appreciates its individuality and interprets it sincerely and beautifully.

Children love Robert Lawson's drawings this artist's most highly prized compliment on his work is the dictum of a small boy of 8, overheard to a children's librarian at a large exhibit of original drawings: "I like his best. He draws them up neat and you can see what they mean."

From the dust jacket of Pilgrim's Progress

Robert Lawson was married to author Marie Lawson.

The Evergreen Tales Series published by The Limited Editions Club
CoverTitleAuthorPublication date
Dick Whittington and His Cat Dick Whittington and His Cat Lawson, Robert 1949
Lawson's Companion Animal Biographies published by Little, Brown & Company
CoverTitleAuthorPublication date
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos Lawson, Robert 1939
Captain Kidd's Cat: The True Chronicle of Wm Kidd, Gent. and Merchant of New York, As Narrated by His Ship's Cat McDermot Who Ought to Know Captain Kidd's Cat: The True Chronicle of Wm Kidd, Gent. and Merchant of New York, As Narrated by His Ship's Cat McDermot Who Ought to Know Lawson, Robert 1956
I Discover Columbus: A True History of the Great Admiral by One who sailed with him I Discover Columbus: A True History of the Great Admiral by One who sailed with him Lawson, Robert 1941
Mr. Revere and I: An Account of Certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere as revealed by his Horse, Scheherazade, late pride of His Royal Majesty's 14th Regiment of Foot Mr. Revere and I: An Account of Certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere as revealed by his Horse, Scheherazade, late pride of His Royal Majesty's 14th Regiment of Foot Lawson, Robert 1953
Authored
CoverTitleAuthorPublication date
At That Time: The Memoirs of Robert Lawson At That Time: The Memoirs of Robert Lawson Lawson, Robert 1947
Country Colic: The Weeder's Digest Country Colic: The Weeder's Digest Lawson, Robert 1944
Edward, Hoppy and Joe Edward, Hoppy and Joe Lawson, Robert 1952
The Fabulous Flight The Fabulous Flight Lawson, Robert 1949
The Great Wheel The Great Wheel Lawson, Robert 1957
McWhinney's Jaunt McWhinney's Jaunt Lawson, Robert 1951
Mr. Twigg's Mistake Mr. Twigg's Mistake Lawson, Robert 1947
Mr. Wilmer Mr. Wilmer Lawson, Robert 1945
Rabbit Hill Rabbit Hill Lawson, Robert 1944
Robbut: A Tale of Tails Robbut: A Tale of Tails Lawson, Robert 1948
Smeller Martin Smeller Martin Lawson, Robert 1950
They Were Strong and Good They Were Strong and Good Lawson, Robert 1940
The Tough Winter The Tough Winter Lawson, Robert 1954
Watchwords of Liberty: A Pageant of American Quotations Watchwords of Liberty: A Pageant of American Quotations Lawson, Robert 1943
Illustrated
CoverTitleAuthorPublication date
Adam of the Road Adam of the Road Gray, Elizabeth Janet 1942
Just For Fun: A Collection of Stories & Verses Just For Fun: A Collection of Stories & Verses 1940
The Story of Ferdinand The Story of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro 1936
Wee Gillis Wee Gillis Leaf, Munro 1938
Other Titles

We have included a complete list of Robert Lawson's authored works, but have only included a portion of his illustrated works. A more extensive list (although it may not be complete) of his works is available on Wikipedia.