Tasha Tudor

August 28, 1915 - June 18, 2008

Tasha Tudor autograph

It is with great sadness that I post this notice of the passing of the beloved artist and author, Tasha Tudor.

Her charming illustrations and sentimental stories enchanted us all and became a part of our culture. Her nineteenth-century lifestyle – authentic in every detail -- helped us to view the past in detail, and savor our heritage. Time stood still.

Tasha Tudor’s valentines – from large frameable ones to her amazing miniatures – are iconic and lovable, and are an important part of our valentine history.

I had the pleasure of meeting her in 1995, while working on a special event for her at Metropolitan Antiques, in New York City. There was a unique luncheon, featuring a delightful menu taken directly from her books, and a performance before a huge adoring audience.

Watching her draw at an easel on stage, shoeless in her stockings, while chatting with her devoted fans, was one of my most memorable experiences. It was my great pleasure afterwards, to discover that she had accepted my little bouquet of roses and rosemary, which I had placed in her relaxation room.

It was in a simple antique cup, embellished with the words, “Remember me”. I loved the thought that it was someplace in her home, being enjoyed, and that it was probably filled with delicate blooms from her wonderful garden.

I will always remember her presence, her magnificent, authentic dresses, and the special warmth she shared. This inscription and drawing, especially for me, is a treasured memento.


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