Margery Williams was born in July of 1882. She was an English-American author of numerous novels and children's books, most notably The Velveteen Rabbit. She is also the author of The Little Wooden Doll, The Skin Horse, as well as many other highly regarded children's works. She passed away in 1944, just before the end of World War II. Sir William Nicholson was a renowned English illustrator and artist, who both supplied illustrations for children's literature as well as wrote it himself. In addition to providing the illustrations for The Velveteen Rabbit, he authored two children's books entitled Clever Bill and The Pirate Twins. Nicholson also worked in other areas of design, including theater set design; he designed the original set for Peter Pan in 1904. In the 1928 Summer Olympics, Nicholson was awarded a gold medal for his graphic work in the Arts competitions. He passed away in May of 1949.