princess elizabeth of york bookplate queen elizabeth thatched cottage

Australian artists and royal British bookplates

Jessica Le

It may not be well known but a few Australian artists in particular have had a brush with British nobility and royalty designing bookplates! 

Adrian Feint (1894 - 1971) was an Australian artist who commanded a strong clientele for his bookplates. Below is one he designed for Edward Prince of Wales (King Edward before abdicating the throne).

Edward prince of wales bookplate crown and feathers 


Another artist was George David (G.D.) Perrottet who designed the below bookplate for Princess Elizabeth of York (currently Queen Elizabeth II). The bookplate depicts the house at the Royal Lodge, Windsor. The house was a gift from the people of Wales as a sixth birthday gift for Princess Elizabeth.  "y Bwthyn bach to Gwellt" (Thatched roof cottage).

princess elizabeth of york bookplate thatched cottage


Want your own personalised bookplate? Fleur & Fable have a range of ex libris stamps and illustrated stickers available for customisation - all Australian made.



Jessica Le is the founder of Fleur & Fable. She writes about bookplates and is a member of The New Australian Bookplate Society.

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