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Pat Prichard Part 2

July 17, 2015

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Welcome back to part 2 of this feature about 1950’s illustrator Pat Prichard. She is best known for her handkerchief designs. She also designed a wide range of household linens. As with many handkerchief designers from this period there appears to be so many subjects to select from when coming up with new design ideas.

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The kitchen, cooking, condiments, dressmaking and even keep fit !


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Statues, clocks and angels, even angels in the kitchen !

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Jars of sweets and goodies, as well as spices and adult beverages.

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Maps, modes of transport, local and foreign travel. I love the plan of Old Sturbridge Village and her depiction of Venice and Pisa.

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Lovely colours.

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I do find some of the subjects quite unusual for a handkerchief, like these amusing hot air balloons. It makes me wonder whether these were decorated as talking pieces or just to have some patterning on them. I also would have loved to know which were the best sellers and which didn’t do so well : )

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I wonder if ‘Cinderella’ influenced some of these more elaborate carriages ?

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In addition, Pat designed dinnerware for Salem China Dinnerware and provided illustrations for print advertisements for companies such as Italian Lines.

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Such a talented designer with a great eye for colours, composition and contemporary fashions. Wonderful work. If anyone has more information about Pat, please drop me a line.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. neatokeenetsy permalink
    July 17, 2015 5:57 pm

    Amazing designs! I’ve always wondered if she and Tammis Keefe were friends, rivals or friendly rivals…

    • July 17, 2015 6:48 pm

      Interesting thought Cindy. I’d like to think they admired one another’s work : ) Two great illustrators of their day.

  2. July 18, 2015 3:49 pm

    I wasn’t aware of this designer, I’ll be on the look-out for some of her work. I like to haunt the thrift shops and see what turns up in the linen bins. My Grandmother and Mother always carried handkerchiefs in their purses. My Grandmother would have one folded over her dress belt when she headed off to church, but none of hers were of this genre.

  3. Hannah Ward permalink
    January 25, 2023 10:58 am

    Thankyou for writing down this information! I picked up one of her handkerchiefs in a thrift shop on a visit to New york and love it- I have just got it out to frame for my kitchen and never noticed her signature in the corner! So lovely to see more of her artwork x

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