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Charles William James Keeping was born in Lambeth, London, in 1924. He grew up in an inner city environment of street markets and working horses that would inform his work his entire life. He served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, and after the war studied illustration and lithography at Regent Street Polytechnic. He worked as a cartoonist in the early 1950s, before establishing himself as an illustrator, mainly on historical and mythological adventure books by Rosemary Sutcliff, Henry Treece, and many others. He wrote and illustrated more than twenty picture books. He also illustrated adult books, including the complete works of Charles Dickens for the Folio Society. He died on 16 May 1988.

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