Tuesday, December 19, 2023



DON'T LOOK NOW BUT IT'S CHRISTMAS AGAIN is a small paperback by Fritz Wegner and is copyright 1983 by same. Published by Patrick Hardy Books, this wonderfully rendered volume shows us 

  • Santa, 
  • angels, 
  • shepherds, 
  • flocks, 
  • Botticelli 
  • and pretty much anything related to ye olde tyme Chistmases.

Before coming across this little book, I had never heard of Fritz Wegner. Heck, I couldn't find his site. Windriver Studios has a short bio here.  [Edit: site is down as of this writing.]

Fritz Wegner was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924, but was naturalized as a British subject. He studied at St. Martins School of Art from 1939 to 1942, and later became a guest lecturer. He eventually began doing freelance work, which included exhibition design for the Ministry of Agriculture royal shows.

Wegner's professional career has encompassed stamp design, advertising for English and American clients, and illustrations in books, magazines and periodicals. He is ardent about illustrating children's books and has enjoyed collaborating on the production of religious advent cards. Collecting prints, books and musical instruments and painting for pleasure are a few of the activities that occupy his spare time.
I like his cartoon style, with its almost painterly pen noodling. Some of the gags are great. These are just a few samples.

-- Edited from an original blog entry of December 23, 2011.

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