Gillian McClure Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1840 GMc
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      4 artwork boxes

Scope and Content

Original artwork and related material for five published titles illustrated by Gillian McClure, consisting of 'Tog the Ribber', 'Witch Watch' and 'Tinker Jim', all written by McClure's father, Paul Coltman; 'The Little White Hen', written by Philippa Pearce; and 'Selkie', written and illustrated by Gillian McClure. The collection also contains a dummy for an unpublished sequel to 'The Little White Hen', entitled 'Wake the World'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Created by Gillian McClure during the course of her career as an illustrator.


Files are arranged into series according to title, with titles arranged in order of publication date. The dummy for the unpublished 'Wake the World' appears at the end of the sequence.

Access Information

Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.

Custodial History

The dummies for 'The Little White Hen' and 'Wake the World' were donated to Seven Stories by Gillian McClure in March 2009. A further donation followed in December 2009, consisting of preliminary and finished artwork for 'Tinker Jim', 'Witch Watch' and 'Tog the Ribber', as well as some finished artwork for 'The Little White Hen'. In May 2010, three pieces of finished artwork for 'Selkie' were purchased by Seven Stories, through an exhibition held at Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon. The preparatory material associated with these finished pieces was donated by Gillian McClure, following the purchase, to complement the finished artwork.