I got your pictures. Thank you so much. =)
They look great.
Enid Blyton was a British children's author. She also wrote under the alias Mary Pollock. She was mostly prolific from about the 20s to 60s. She never actually created any of her own artwork, but worked with a lot of highly regarded illustrators and painters on her books. XXXXX XXXXX was one of those illustrators.
XXXXX XXXXX was a midcentury freelance artist and illustrator. He mostly collaborated and provided illustrations for Blyton's religious books. His biggest job was for her Bible Stories - Old Testament
. It looks like your prints came from that book series.
They were used as teaching aids for bible classes.
In the late 50s/early 60s Macmillan actually used the full-colour plates from the original set and included them in smaller books alongside Blyton's text. They were published as Old Testament Picture Books (volumes 1 and 2)
and New Testament Picture Books (volumes 1 and 2)
They were also sold as boxed sets of artwork by Macmillan...which is where your prints most likely originally came from. They should date to the 40s/50s.
The prints themselves aren't that rare. They were pretty heavily printed and published, but they do still carry a bit of value. Most of these prints run about £5 to
£10 each in good shape
and those that have damage (like tears, stains, etc) tend to run about £2 to
Ones that are heavily damaged will be a lot harder to sell. They also tend to be worth more as individual prints than as one big collection. As a set---a collection of about 34 should be worth about £65 to £110
Since you're looking to raise funds for your church, I don't believe I'd even consider someplace like Ebay. Ebay is extremely iffy when it comes to artwork. You could try Rubylane. They are more of an upscale online antique shop and sellers do list higher end antique prints there.
There's also Etsy, which does allow you sell worldwide and their rates are the lowest around.
Since you're in the UK, local press is a good way to go. You can also try Gumtree
, classifieds.co.uk, ukclassifieds.co.uk
, and adoos.co.uk.
You might check out the consignment cost with any local antique shops. Some places charge about 25% to 30% of final sell price, but in dealing local you generally have less competition. It's always worth checking out.
Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower. You will always get a higher value by selling it yourself as opposed to an auction or selling it to a dealer. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves.
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