Mr. Gumpy's Outing, John Burningham

Today's vintage children's book is a nice bit of work by John Burningham. In
Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Burningham alternates his illustrations between pen and ink, colored pen and ink and painting. I like his looser style of drawing and interesting layered backgrounds.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing
John Burningham
Houghton Mifflin Co., 1970


  1. I love this book, and all his work really.

  2. Just found your blog. Lovely! Wondered if you had collected the locations where one could view originals of worthy children's book art i.e museums, and current exhibits.

  3. Hi Jeanette, thanks for your comments.

    No, I don't know of a place off hand, but that's a good question. I'll try to do a little research on that. I did notice however that there is a book about these posters called 75 years of Children's Book Week posters: celebrating great illustrators of American children's books by Leonard S. Marcus, Children's Book Council, that you might be interested in. I would think that would have a wealth of information about these posters. It's from 1994, so you might even find it at your library.

  4. Jeanette - sorry, I got your comment mixed up with another one next to it about the children's book week posters. One place that I have a link to on the front of my blog under resources is the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay. The CLRC at the University of Minnesota is another place. Brian Wildsmith has a museum devoted to his art near Tokyo. But this is a good question. Making a note to myself to look for more places...

  5. Phillip - thanks for your comment. John Burningham has a great style.
    Did you know that he is married to Helen Oxenbury, another famous
    children's book illustrator?

  6. Jil is there any place one could purchase posters of John's artwork?

  7. Micah,
    I googled John Burningham Posters and found that the London Transport Museum has some for sale, here is the link:

    Hope this helps!