These iconic images were originally commissioned for Batsford book jackets in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Brian Cook’s heightened use of colour encapsulates classic scenes of glorious countryside of old England and his work has become highly collectible.
Brian Cook (1910–1991) was the nephew of Harry Batsford, chairman of the Batsford family publishing firm from 1917 to 1952. He himself became chairman of the company in 1952. His design work, almost exclusively for Batsford, was pioneering and timeless.