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Still searching for Anthony Hutchings …

June 26, 2015

In 2011, I came across a book called NurseryLand Annual 1969 and wrote this Blog post about the mystery illustrator called simply ‘Hutchings’.

Since then in 2012, the site Magic Jelly posted more, and last year the site Pictures From An Old Book published more.

From my recent searchings on Amazon, I’m pretty certain the illustrator is called Anthony Hutchings, (and could have changed that to Tony Hutchings) but that is still all that we know. He created these memorable illustrations back in the late sixties and early seventies, does anyone know anymore ? They certainly seem to be memorable books for quite a few of you readers from the USA.

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I think his work is too stylish and elegant to not be featured elsewhere.

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If anyone can shed any light on this mystery illustrator, or if you have any more images of his work, then please let me know. The plot thickens ! Have a great weekend too.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Smith permalink
    March 5, 2018 4:17 am

    Anthony “Tony” Hutchings

    Hello! I too have been searching for this illustrator, my favourite childhood book was ‘Silly Dinosaurs’ by Hutchings. It is one and the same man although a different style (though it would seem he is competent in many styles). I love the intricacies and details in his cartoon dinosaurs and their scenarios. I spent hours copying the drawings when I was little, I’d love to know more about him. Any joy in the last 3 years?


    • March 5, 2018 8:52 am

      Hi Adam, thanks for getting in touch, sadly I’ve not heard anymore about Mr Hutchings since I wrote the post. So pleased that it sparked a childhood memory for you, fingers crossed that one day, someone else will be able to tell us more. All the best, Craig

  2. chloe davidson permalink
    August 1, 2018 1:13 pm

    Hello, my name is Chloe, and my godfather was called Anthony Hutchings, or more commonly known as Tony, he was an illustrator, however he died last year. I don’t know if this was his work however, he has done multiple books and made calendars, as well as illustrations for the newspapers, whether this was his work, i do not know. I can ask my godmother about his work and see if this was his work.

    • August 2, 2018 11:02 am

      Hi Chloe, how lovely to hear from you and firstly I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your godfather. But I’m very excited to hear of his name and the fact that he was an illustrator. If you could find out a little more and we can start to put some pieces together then that would be wonderful. If he is the same Anthony then if your godmother has any images of his work we could see that would also be pretty amazing and a little more news about him too perhaps ? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank Craig

  3. Peter Adby. Ex Walt Disney artist and Design Director at Falcon Games Ltd permalink
    May 11, 2022 5:02 pm

    The Hutchings were three brothers Gordon, Tony and Roger. Gordon changed his name to Latif. They were superb artists, they did a lot of children’s cartoon strips for Fleetway Press. Latif Hutchins worked at Walt Disney’s London Studio for a short time, he left and was the top Greeting Card designer for Sharpes Classic cards, then Latin joined Andrew Brownswordes cards in Bath. Roger took over at Sharpes cards. Latif did a lot of jigsaw puzzle illustrations for Falcon Games ltd. Sadly Latif died from a heart attack about 30 years ago, I’ve lost touch with Roger and Tony since I retired 25 years ago. Peter Adby

    • May 11, 2022 5:48 pm

      Thank you Peter for the information. Such a talented family. Really appreciate you getting in touch. All the very best Craig

  4. Peter Adby permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:34 pm

    Re the Hutchings I have four of their books and a couple of prints and original paintings by Latif( Gordon) should there be any interest….Peter Adby

    • May 27, 2022 6:52 am

      I would love to see some photos of the Hutchings illustrations if you don’t mind taking some. Please send to my email craig @ Fishink (without the gaps) Thank you

      • kerrychunnett permalink
        August 28, 2022 2:55 pm

        Hi Craig

        Through sheer luck, I came across a very old copy of Heidi, with the illustrations mysteriously credited to “Hutchings”, too. I’ll send you some pics if you like. I dug around the internet, and this is the most i could find on the Hutchings brothers:

      • September 1, 2022 8:38 am

        Thanks Kerry that would be great. you can send photos to craig @ fishink Many thanks for the link

  5. October 17, 2022 3:08 pm

    Not sure if my previous comment went through. I have a children’s book, Sammy Seal, written by Shirley Dean and illustrated by “Hutchings.” Looks like his work. Def hard finding much info on him, and doesn’t seem to be an easy book to find. Tyndall, 1968 printed in Spain

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