Vintage: Young Tasha Tudor and Her Children (1940s)

Vintage: Young Tasha Tudor and Her Children (1940s)


Tasha Tudor (1915–2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938.

She illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world. She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70 year career.

From a young age Tasha Tudor was interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills.

Once summer arrives, Tasha Tudor would always leave her art table to spend the season tending her large, beautiful garden which surrounds her home.

These exquisitely beautiful photographs are of a young Tasha and her children as photographed by Nell Dorr in the 1940s for her book Mother and Child.

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Jacket cover photo for “Mother and Child” first edition]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Two children undressing in bed]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Woman’s back and two girls in field]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); Pregnant Woman; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Two women and three girls forming circle in field]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); Woman Undressing; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nursing mother in big canopy bed]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); Girl at Window; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Two children in bed]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Woman having dress buttoned]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); Nursing Mother; 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); Child with Dipper [The water-dipper]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Tasha hanging clothes (first edition left)]; ca. 1940; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr


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