Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Richard Merritt Follow-Up

When I posted about the striking new Vintage Classic Nancy Mitfords recently, I didn't know the designer until the art director of those covers showed up to let me know: they were the work of Richard Merritt. Looking through his other work was very interesting, as I would never have guessed that the creator of these covers was the same as the creator of his previous book covers. This is not a criticism, by the way--it's just that the delicate and subtle Mitford images are quite different from the colourful, dynamic and cartoonish work, full of odd angles and detail bursting out of the frame, that he has done elsewhere. It's intriguing to see such a difference in styles, and make sme want to know what else he'll come up with in the future.

Compare:


versus:






(The last two being picture books Merritt wrote and illustrated--and, indeed, where are Santa's pants?)

2 comments:

Daniel-Halifax said...

Wow, these are wonderful! And being a huge Mitford fan, I'm so glad her bios are being republished! I'd love to see how he would do her other more popular novels...or even better yet, 'The Water Beetle,' which hasn't been in print since the early eighties.

JRSM said...

I've never even seen a copy of 'The Water Beetle'. Between these Vintages and Capuchin Classics rescuing some of her earlier novels, she might soon have all of her books back in print, which would be a good thing.