Born in Hampton on Thames in 1915, Malvina Cheek studied painting at the Royal College of Art. In 1940, just two years after graduating, she took part in the Recording Britain scheme, which was set up to employ artists on the home front by having them record, through the medium of watercolour, the landscapes and architecture of Britain which were under threat from bombing. After the war, Cheek taught painting at St Alban’s School of Art and worked part-time as an illustrator.
In 1951, Cheek married John Dewis, a French teacher and keen photographer. With the birth of her daughter Sarah, she combined part-time teaching with book and magazine illustration and writing articles. Her illustrations for Gulliver’s Travels, based on the Sussex landscape, were completed in 1956.
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