William Nicholson was born in 1872 and was one
of England's most prestigious still-life and portrait painters. He
also wrote and illustrated Clever Bill, which is now also
available in a new hardback edition
Margery Williams was born in London in 1881. She moved with her family to the USA in 1890 and there started a career as a writer at the age of nineteen. She wrote many stories for children, of which The Velveteen Rabbit is the most famous.