THE creator of The Snowman, Raymond Briggs, has died at the age of 88.
The illustrator and author began teaching part-time illustration at the Brighton School of Art in 1961.
Until 1986 he taught at the facility which is part of the University of Brighton.
One of his students was the illustrator Chris Riddell, who went on to win three Greenaway Medals.
In a statement, his family said: “We know Raymond’s books have been loved and touched by millions of people around the world who will be saddened to hear this news.
“Fan drawings – especially children’s drawings – inspired by his books were treasured by Raymond and pinned to the wall of his studio.
“Living a rich and fulfilling life, he said he feels fortunate to have had both his wife Jean and his 40-something partner Liz in his life.
“He shared his love of the outdoors with Liz on South Downs Walks and family holidays in Scotland and Wales. He also shared his sense of fun and weirdness with his family and with his family of artist friends – at get togethers, costume parties and summer picnics in the garden.
“He played pranks and enjoyed it when they were played on him. All of us who were close to him knew his irreverent sense of humor – it could be scathing in his work when it came to the ‘national treasure’.
“Raymond was dearly loved by his stepchildren and step-grandchildren, his dearest friends, his devoted carers and team and his wonderful neighbors and will be greatly missed.
“His family would like to thank the entire team at Overton Ward at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for the kind and caring care they have given Raymond over his final few weeks.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20615043.sussexs-raymond-briggs-creator-snowman-dies-aged-88/?ref=rss Raymond Briggs of Sussex, creator of ‘The Snowman’, dies aged 88