Artwork of Marianne (Marian) Mahler (fl. 1930-1950)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of artwork done for Penguin Books in the 1940s: Balloons, British shells, and Fashions.

Administrative / Biographical History

The designer, commercial artist, and book illustrator Marianne Mahler was brought up in Vienna, Austria, where she received her initial art education. In 1930s England she attended Royal Academy Schools. Mahler exhibited in Vienna, New York, Paris and London. She drew for Studio and Vogue magazines. She sometimes signed her work, 'Marian'. One of her designs of a swinging 'mobile', available in three colour ways, was manufactured by David Whitehead Ltd, 1952. In 1952, she had also designed semi-abstract birds, vases, and bowls, printed on rayon. Mahler lived in London.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material purchased from Charlotte Robinson, London, December 1991, Accession nos. E91.115-117


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Buckman, David. Dictionary of artists in Britain since 1945. Bristol: Art Dictionaries Ltd., 1998.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.