Clare Melinsky

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Clare Melinsky (born 1953)[1] is an artist, printmaker, and illustrator who lives in Scotland.[2] She is particularly known for her linocut illustrations.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Melinsky studied Theatre Design at Central School of Art [4].


Melinsky's work has been featured in several sets of commemorative Royal Mail stamps.[5][6] She has designed book covers for forty Penguin Books Shakespeare editions.[7]

Melinsky provided linocut illustrations for a 2010 set of signature editions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.[8][7][9]

Melinsky also used linocuts to illustrate the poetry collection Poems to Perform,[10] as well as several gardening books.[11][3] Her linocut images are influenced by artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, as well as Hanga Japanese prints.[4]


  1. ^ Philip W. Errington (26 February 2015). J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-84966-977-1.
  2. ^ "Clare Melinsky | Illustration". Central Illustration Agency. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  3. ^ a b Antiquarian Book Monthly Review. Volume 19 - Volume 20, Issue 225. ABMR Publications. 1992. p. 28.
  4. ^ a b "Clare Melinsky". Dig Delve. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  5. ^ "Stamps Celebrate Saints 1400 Years On". Anglican News, March 7, 1997
  6. ^ The Catholic World Report. 7. Ignatius Press. 1997. p. 77.
  7. ^ a b "Harry Potter illustrator reveals surprise locations ahead of London exhibition | Culture24". Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  8. ^ Madeline Boardman (April 10, 2018). "See 'Harry Potter' book covers through the years". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  9. ^ "Harry Potter: Adult Cover, Children’s Book?". The Boar, By Grace Organ, Jul. 7, 2013
  10. ^ "Joseph Coelho’s top 10 new poetry books every child must read ". The Guardian, Joseph Coelho, 16 Jul 2015
  11. ^ "Our book of the month: Natural Selection by Dan Pearson". Gardens Illustrated, May 9, 2017