Way back when I was a little kiddo, my favorite Christmas book was “Jolly Old Santa Claus”. This sweet story took you on a tour of Santa’s North Pole workshop, showing Santa and his elves as they prepared for Christmas Eve. I loved looking for Jingles the elf and Whiskers the cat as the elves decorated ornaments, baked cookies, and got the reindeer ready for the big night.
I recently came across a reproduction of this book and have fallen in love with the illustrator George Hinke. Take a look!
George Hinke was born in Berlin, Germany in 1883 and learned a classic style of painting. His illustrations for the book “Jolly Old Santa Claus” are done in oil on stretched canvas. I love looking for the influences of Hinke’s German background in these paintings – Santa’s castle resembles the castles of Bavarian King Ludwig, and Santa’s elves remind us of the stone elves that often decorate German gardens. There is even a Black Forest clock hanging in Santa’s workshop!
Merry Christmas, friends!