Folio artist Dodie Masterman dies aged 91

Veteran illustrator of many Folio books including Anna Karenina

Dodie (Rhoda) Masterman, beloved illustrator of several Folio books, has died aged 91. She created many memorable images for Folio Society editions of the works of Balzac, DH Lawrence, Joyce and Tolstoy, and was also well known for her Jane and Peter series for children.

Dodie was born in Devon of parents of Russian-Jewish extraction. After her parents divorced she lived mainly with her grandmother, who introduced her to Victorian art and aesthetics. After attending the Slade School of Art, she both drew and modelled for Vogue, and had her first solo exhibition in 1945, leading to a career in book illustration. Her first commission for The Folio Society was Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac in 1953, followed by The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence in 1954. A favourite of Folio’s founder, Charles Ede, and later Tim Wilkinson, Folio’s Production Director until the mid-80s, she is fondly remembered as an amusing raconteur, with whom it was a great pleasure to work. Dodie's final commission for The Folio Society, in 1986, was The Secret Garden – appropriate considering her love of the Victorian era.

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