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black ink drawing on white paper of a person in a canoe holding a paddle and wearing a hat

UntitledJacqueline Ayerc. 1956

Jacqueline Ayer (1930–2012) had a career that spanned many creative fields. She began as a fashion illustrator, and later turned her hand to children’s books, textiles and garments, as she worked in New York, Paris, London, Bangkok, Hong Kong and across India.

Ayer wrote and illustrated five of her own books, four of which gave insight into 1960s Thailand to US and UK audiences, while the fifth was set in Hong Kong. Using reportage drawing to create books about Asia for children was a unique and refreshing approach.