Keith Kohler - Judy Donnelly's Book


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Brian Ahern

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If one scrolls to the bottom of this site
http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/WhiteStar2.html#anchor182969
one will find postcards depicting the rescue of the survivors by Carpathia. I am struck by how much these postcard drawings resemble the drawings done by Keith Kohler for Judy Donnelly's children's book, Titanic: Lost and Found.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0394886690/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-7708816-9188616#reader-link

This amazon copy has a different cover than the older version of the book. I don't know if the interior of the book has been changed, but the interior of the version I have has drawings by Kohler that are even more similar to this postcard. The coloring of the people's clothes and the texture of the drawings are different, but otherwise it's as if they've been lifted straight out of these older drawings.

It was largely this book that sparked my interest in the Titanic as a child and I know it like the back of my hand.

I wonder who did the originals. I'm not alleging plagiarism; I'm sure everything was perfectly above board. It is strange, though, that an illustrator wouldn't want to start from scratch.
The rescue scene Kohler does for the book is obviously based on the boat 12 photograph.
 
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