Today I picked up various pictures from the framers. 'Children's Birthday Party' was one of them. A few months ago the kid's school had an 'affordable art fair' - donations of paintings ranged from a vicar's stash of pictures that he was needing to get rid of as he downsized to some really amazing art by various illustrators and artists who are parents at the school and other art that people were happy to give to help raise funds for the school's arts trust. I was particularly struck by this charcoal drawing of children at a birthday party, drawn in the 1940's. I loved the hats and loved the simplicity of the lines, so much so that I bid for this and won it. It was by an artist called Margrete Marks ... I hadn't heard of her but apparently she is quite well know (more for her pottery pictures than her illustrations). Anyway, the reason I mention this is that at the time I got this I was handed an envelope and told this was the picture's provenance. Having never had a painting drawn by anyone famous before this isn't a phrase that I come across often (well, never actually!) so I happily took my provenance then had to ask politely what that actually meant. So, now I have proof of who created this illustration which makes me feel rather grown up - I better put it in a safe place then, hadn't I?