Charles Keeping (1922-1988) was a Londoner through and through. Born in Lambeth on the banks of the River Thames his illustrated books reflect his deep knowledge of London. From the 1960s on into the 1980s Charles Keeping was at the height of his career as an illustrator. The series of books he produced at this time are full of his experimental colour images, as can be seen in Alfie and the Ferryboat. He also produced some excellent and atmospheric black and white books.
At the very end of his career Charles Keeping illustrated the entire set of Charles Dickens for the Folio Society. With his knowledge and affinity with London this commission was an inspired choice.
Charles Keeping is one of the great British illustrators of the 20th Century. His work was wonderfully experimental and he could draw superbly. The illustration below is from an early book The Dancer at Burton Fair.