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Myrtle Sheldon


Information accumulates in strange and wondrous ways. While searching for an image which had once illustrated the children’s stories of Robert Louis Stevenson (for his poem “The Land of Counterpane”) I stumbled upon the name of his illustrator: Myrtle Sheldon [1886-1941], about whom I had been ignorant. That’s the nice thing about ignorance: it can be fixed. Indeed, it invites “repair”.


Ms Sheldon’s talent will appear on the masthead for at least a few days. But I’m certain others of her drawings will come to light and become embedded in the story.


  1. I too have stumbled upon this woman and wanted to know more. All I found was the dates of her birth and death, provided by you. Please tell us more!

  2. Keith Harvey says:

    Hi Audrey, here is what little I know. Tonight, I chanced upon a document I downloaded a few years ago from Project Gutenberg—”A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon”. It’s an e-text identified as “Release Date: November 6, 2006 [eBook #19722]”. I started looking on the web and here I am.

    I had the book as a child in RAF Nicosia, Cyprus in 1957-8 and well recall the excellent and evocative illustrations. I’d always imagined them the epitome of Britishness but I stand corrected! A few of the verses have stuck with me word for word while others seem unfamiliar to me, so I probably returned often to the same few favourites. See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/108902526/myrtle-sheldon to see where the lady is interred in NY. The Find A Grave contributor is “yrag reltub” (Gary Butler) of https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/47463227 … he mentioned in 2013 his membership of the Sheldon Family Assn. Happy researches!

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