Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin (28 April 1870 – 6 January 1935) was a British artist known for his illustrations and paintings of the English countryside, animals, and the sportsman’s lifestyle—especially fox hunting.
He illustrated for a variety of publications and did the illustrations for Kipling’s “Second Jungle Book.” At the invitation of the fine genre painter, Walter Dendy Sadler Aldin stayed at Chiddingstone where he made close friends with Phil May, John Hassall and Lance Thackeray and along with them, Dudley Hardy and Tom Browne, founded the London Sketch Club. The birth of his son and daughter inspired a series of nursery pictures which together with his large sets of the Fallowfield Hunt, Bluemarket Races, Harefield Harriers and Cottesbrook Hunt prints brought him much popularity. This was enhanced by his ever expanding book and magazine illustrative work. He joined the Chelsea Arts Club and held his first exhibition in Paris in 1908. An exhibition in Paris in 1909 was received with much acclaim and extended his fame to a wider audience. He illustrated the 1910 edition of Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers. A popular book by Aldin was Sleeping Partners, a sequence of pastel drawings of his dogs on a couch. It included his Irish Wolfhound Micky, a puppy he purchased from Florence Nagle as a gift for his wife, and his favourite model, Cracker, a Bull Terrier with a dark patch over one eye.
We at the Laughing Elephant have long been a fan of Aldin’s animal illustrations. We have a number of his books in our collection and a group of these wonderfully amusing pictures are available as prints and cards.