Celebrating Peggy Fortnum

With the utterly charming Paddington Bear collection available at babyGap in early 2014, we have put together some images which inspired the global range. These are all Peggy Fortnum illustrations from the Paddington novels.
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'He tried pulling as hard as he could on the brake lever but nothing happened, in fact if anything he seemed to go faster than ever and he began to wish he hadn't used quite so much oil on the moving parts when he'd cleaned them. By then the pedals were going round so fast that he sat back on the saddle and hurriedly lifted up his feet in case his legs fell off.'  From 'Paddington Abroad' by Michael Bond

'He tried pulling as hard as he could on the brake lever but nothing happened, in fact if anything he seemed to go faster than ever and he began to wish he hadn't used quite so much oil on the moving parts when he'd cleaned them. By then the pedals were going round so fast that he sat back on the saddle and hurriedly lifted up his feet in case his legs fell off.' From 'Paddington Abroad' by Michael Bond

'He wasn't quite sure how it happened or why for that matter, but somewhere a bell clanged and he suddenly found himself flying through the air towards the ropes on the far side of the stage almost as if he'd been shot from a cannon.'  From 'Paddington Takes the Air' by Michael Bond

'He wasn't quite sure how it happened or why for that matter, but somewhere a bell clanged and he suddenly found himself flying through the air towards the ropes on the far side of the stage almost as if he'd been shot from a cannon.' From 'Paddington Takes the Air' by Michael Bond

'Once Paddington got an idea firmly fixed in his mind it was very difficult to get him to change course, let alone gear, and apart from hurriedly opening the car door to let out the clutch he concentrated all his energies on the task in hand.'  From 'Paddington Takes the Test' by Michael Bond

The inimitable Peggy Fortnum who bought Paddington to life

'Paddington's eyes gleamed as he started to unlock his suitcase. "I think I shall bid for that, Mr. Gruber," he said excitedly, as he peered inside the secret compartment to see how much money he had. "It's the next item in the catalogue. I think I should like a preserves stand for my marmalade."  From 'Paddington Helps Out' by Michael Bond

'Paddington's eyes gleamed as he started to unlock his suitcase. "I think I shall bid for that, Mr. Gruber," he said excitedly, as he peered inside the secret compartment to see how much money he had. "It's the next item in the catalogue. I think I should like a preserves stand for my marmalade." From 'Paddington Helps Out' by Michael Bond

'For the next few minutes Paddington was very busy. Having squeezed drops of Mr. Gruber's glue all over the man's head, he then rummaged around on the floor in search of some hair to fill in the vacant spot. Fortunately, being short of an assistant, Mr. Sloop hadn't bothered to sweep up that morning and so there was quite a selection to choose from.'  From 'Paddington at Work' by Michael Bond

'For the next few minutes Paddington was very busy. Having squeezed drops of Mr. Gruber's glue all over the man's head, he then rummaged around on the floor in search of some hair to fill in the vacant spot. Fortunately, being short of an assistant, Mr. Sloop hadn't bothered to sweep up that morning and so there was quite a selection to choose from.' From 'Paddington at Work' by Michael Bond

'He stared mournfully at Mr. Curry's ironing board. Or rather, to be strictly accurate, he directed his gaze towards a tightly compressed bundle of brown and white material which was lying in the middle, and from which rose a steady stream of dense, black smoke.'  From 'Paddington Takes the Test' by Michael Bond

'He stared mournfully at Mr. Curry's ironing board. Or rather, to be strictly accurate, he directed his gaze towards a tightly compressed bundle of brown and white material which was lying in the middle, and from which rose a steady stream of dense, black smoke.' From 'Paddington Takes the Test' by Michael Bond

'Paddington spent the first ten minutes rushing between the four machines pouring soap through the holes in the top as fast as he could. There was a nasty moment when he accidentally poured some soap in number ten by mistake and all the water bubbled over the side, but the lady whose machine it was was very nice about it and explained she'd already put two lots in.'  From 'Paddington Helps Out' by Michael Bond

'Paddington spent the first ten minutes rushing between the four machines pouring soap through the holes in the top as fast as he could. There was a nasty moment when he accidentally poured some soap in number ten by mistake and all the water bubbled over the side, but the lady whose machine it was was very nice about it and explained she'd already put two lots in.' From 'Paddington Helps Out' by Michael Bond

"Now that the cold weather had set in, Mr. Gruber no longer sat on the pavement in front of his shop in the morning. Instead, he had arranged a sofa by the stove in the back of the shop but Paddington didn't like it quite so much as being outside. For one thing, the sofa was an old one and some of the horsehairs poked through, but he quickly forgot about this as he handed Mr. Gruber his share of buns and began telling him of the morning's happenings." From 'More About Paddington' by Michael…

"Now that the cold weather had set in, Mr. Gruber no longer sat on the pavement in front of his shop in the morning. Instead, he had arranged a sofa by the stove in the back of the shop but Paddington didn't like it quite so much as being outside. For one thing, the sofa was an old one and some of the horsehairs poked through, but he quickly forgot about this as he handed Mr. Gruber his share of buns and began telling him of the morning's happenings." From 'More About Paddington' by Michael…

'But it was when he actually tried to climb into it that his troubles really began, for he soon discovered that looking at a hammock is one thing; getting into one is quite another matter.'  From 'Paddington Takes the Test' by Michael Bond

'But it was when he actually tried to climb into it that his troubles really began, for he soon discovered that looking at a hammock is one thing;' From 'Paddington Takes the Test' by Michael Bond

'He felt the rope begin to move again as the bucket got lighter, and then it shot past him again as he descended, to land with a bump in the middle of the sea of whitewash. Even then his troubles weren't over. As he tried to regain his balance on the slippery floor, he let go of the rope, and with a rushing noise the bucket shot downwards again and landed on top of his head, completely covering him.' From 'More About Paddington' by Michael Bond

Michael Bond - Paddington Bear, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum


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