Lawson Wood, sometimes Clarence Lawson Wood, (23 August 1878 – 26 October 1957), was an English painter, illustrator and designer known for humorous depictions of cavemen and dinosaurs, policemen, and animals, especially a chimpanzee called Gran’pop, whose annuals circulated around the world.
Lawson Wood was decorated by the French for his gallantry at Vimy Ridge during World War I. He was deeply concerned with animal welfare and was awarded membership in the Royal Zoological Society in 1934. His animal designs were reproduced as wooden toys and he established a sanctuary for aged creatures. In his later years, he was a recluse and died in Devon in 1957.
Lawson Wood Illustrated Books
- Kernahan, J. C. – The Bow-Wow Book Nisbet 1912
- _ Splinters Duckworth 1916
- Waylett, R. A Basket of Plums Gale 1916
- A Box of Crackers Gale 1916
- The Mr and Mrs Books Warne 1918 etc.
- Rummy Tales Warne 1920
- The Rummy Tales Painting Book Warne 1921
- Wood, C. L. – The Noo-Zoo Tales Warner 1922
- The Lawson Wood Colour Book Series Partridge 1925
- A Series of Books for Children about Animals Valentine 1925
- Jolly Rhymes Nelson 1926
- The Scot ‘Scotched’ Newnes 1927
- Lawson Wood’s Fun Fair Arundel 1931
- The Old Nursery Rhymes Nelson 1933
- ___ Lawson Wood’s Merry Monkeys Birn Bros n.d.