Raymond Briggs Death – Raymond Briggs, a Snowman author has sadly passed away at age 88. He was a writer and illustrator who delighted children and inspired adults with bestselling cartoons and picture books. Penguin Random House, where he was published, confirmed his passing on Tuesday morning. Ms Dow said Briggs had been “unique” and had “inspired generations of creators of picture books, graphic novels, and animations”.
Who was Raymond Briggs?
Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon, London, to Ernest Redvers Briggs (1900–1971), a milkman, and Ethel Bowyer (1895–1971), a former lady’s maid-turned-housewife, who married in 1930. During World War II, he was evacuated to Dorset at age 5 and his parents regularly visited him. He was relocated to Wimbledon after the war ended in 1945.
He pursued cartooning from an early age and, despite his father’s attempts to dissuade him from this unprofitable pursuit, attended the Wimbledon School of Art from 1949 to 1953 to study painting and the Central School of Art to study typography. He attended Rutlish School, which was then a grammar school. He attended Rutlish School, which at the time was a grammar school. He served as a conscript for the National Service in the Royal Corps of Signals at Catterick from 1953 to 1955, where he was promoted to draughtsman. After that, he went back to University College London’s Slade School of Fine Art to finish his painting degree there in 1957.
He briefly pursued painting before turning to illustration as a career. He then started producing illustrations for children’s books. He provided the illustrations for Ruth Manning-Sanders’ anthology of fairy tales Peter and the Piskies: Cornish Folk and Fairy Tales, which Oxford University Press released in 1958. When writing The Hamish Hamilton Book of Magical Beasts, they would work together once more (Hamilton, 1966).
Raymond Briggs Career
Briggs started teaching illustration at Brighton School of Art in 1961 and continued doing so until 1986. Chris Riddell, who later won three Greenaway Medals, was one of his pupils. For his illustrations in a Hamilton version of Mother Goose, Briggs won the 1966 Kate Greenaway Medal. He was a commended runner-up for the award in 1964 for his work on the collection of nursery rhymes called Fee Fi Fo Fum. The Mother Goose Treasury “is a collection of 408 traditional and beloved poems and nursery rhymes, illustrated with over 800 color drawings by a young Raymond Briggs,” according to a retrospective presentation by the librarians.
Instead of the distinct text and illustrations characteristic of children’s books, Briggs combined both writing and drawing for his first three significant works, all of which were published by Hamish Hamilton. Both Father Christmas (1973) and Father Christmas Goes on Vacation (1975) include a grumpy Father Christmas who constantly laments the “blooming snow.” He received his second Greenaway for the former. They were collaboratively transformed into the Father Christmas movie many years later. Fungus the Bogeyman (1977), the third early Hamilton “comic,” depicted a day in the life of a working-class Bogeyman who had the menial task of frightening people.
The Snowman, a wordless illustration by Hamilton from 1978, used solely pencil crayons. Briggs claimed that his last book, “Fungus,” which he worked on for two years while being submerged in muck, slime, and words, served as inspiration for this one. “I wanted to make something which was clean, nice, fresh, and wordless and quick,” he stated. Briggs finished as a Highly Commended runner-up for his third Greenaway Medal for that work.
The following year, Random House published an American edition for which Briggs won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for picture books. It was turned into an animated cartoon in 1982 by the British television network Channel 4, with a brief introduction narrated by David Bowie. It was shortlisted for the annual “Oscar,” and since then, British television has aired it each year (except 1984). The Snowman and the Snowdog premiered on Christmas Eve 2012 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original.
In Gentleman Jim (1980), a somber examination of the working-class struggles of Jim and Hilda Bloggs, a couple who are largely based on Briggs’ parents, Briggs continued to write in a similar structure but with more mature subject. The trusting, upbeat Bloggs pair was confronted with the horror of nuclear war in When the Wind Blows (1982), which won accolades for its uniqueness and timeliness in the British House of Commons.
The theme came up as a result of Briggs seeing a Panorama broadcast on nuclear contingency planning, and the page’s crowded layout was motivated by a small depiction of Father Christmas created by a Swiss publisher. With Peter Sallis playing the male lead, this book was adapted into a two-handed radio play. John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft later starred in an animated version of the story. A harsh criticism of the Falklands War was made in the 1984 book The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman. Briggs continued to create children’s humor in books like The Bear and the Unlucky Wally series.
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