Paul Hogarth for Penguin
Paul Hogarth illustrated all of Greene's novels for publisher Pengiun, and I love the power of the simplicity found in these cover images. Predominantly created in inks and watercolour and utilising a limited colour palette - or simply just black ink. Whilst the illustations are simple, they cleverly manage to capture the mood and feel of Green's stories.
"The distinctive style of the artist Paul Hogarth is instantly recognisable: a strong line, a broad watercolour wash and a flamboyant signature. They are characteristically simple colour drawings which manage to capture a mood – whether of menace or anxiety or general seediness and invariably set in an exotic location – true to the writer's work". Taken from the obituary in The Independent newspaper, 7th January, 2002
Whilst I love the illustrations of these second-hand books by Paul Hogarth, I've also enjoyed reading Green's stories, the majority of which were written in the 1940's, 50's and 60's and are set in various countries around the world, incorporating his writing with his love for travel.
You can see some more images of Paul Hogarth's cover illustrations for Penguin at this fab Vintage Penguins blog!