Victor G. Ambrus

Victor G. Ambrus

Born on August 19th in Hungary in 1935, Victor Ambrus (or László Gyozo Ambrus) was an illustrator of history, folk tales, and animal story books. While he is known as a British illustrator, he spent his childhood and received most of his early education in his native land. His four-year course at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts was interrupted by the unsuccessful 1956 Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet-backed government. Along with fellow students, he fled Hungary, first to Austria, then to Britain, where he hoped to study in the tradition of Ernest Shepard, John Tenniel, and Arthur Rackham. When he arrived in the UK, speaking no English, he presented himself to Farnham Art School and was taken on to focus on his drawing.

His tutor there immediately recognized his talent, and after two years recommended him to the Royal College of Art in London. During this time (1957-60), he married fellow student Glenys R. Chapman; also, he was commissioned for his first British novel, A.C. Jenkins' White Horses and Black Bulls. This was just the beginning.

During his early career, he worked in advertising, did freelance work, and went back to Farnham to teach as he illustrated part time. His long relationship with Oxford University Press began in 1962 and during his career he contributed to more than 300 books!

Apparently, though, he is best-known for his work for the British Archaeology show Time Team (1994-2014), in which he visualized how sites under excavation may have once looked. His book Recreating the Past, I believe, is born from this work, and I'd love to both see the show and that book sometime!

He passed away in February 2021, leaving his wife and two sons.

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Adventures of Robin Hood
by John Grant (reteller), illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Ladybird Books Ltd
for 2nd-4th grade
Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Oxford University
Epic Poetry for 7th-9th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: FIC-RET)
Canterbury Tales (adapted)
by Geoffrey Chaucer, simplified by Michael West and illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Longman
for 3rd-6th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: FIC-RET)
DK Classics: Black Beauty (adapted & annotated)
by Anna Sewell, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from DK Children
for 4th-8th grade
in Adapted or Abridged (Location: SER-ABR)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Don Quixote (retold)
by Michael Harrison (reteller), illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Oxford University
for 5th-8th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: FIC-RET)
El Cid (retold)
by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Oxford University
for 5th-8th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: FIC-RET)
Heather, Oak, and Olive
by Rosemary Sutcliff, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from E.P. Dutton & Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Hound of Ulster
by Rosemary Sutcliff, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
for 6th-10th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Iliad (retold)
Kingfisher Epics
by Nick McCarty, Victor G. Ambrus
from Kingfisher
for 4th-6th grade
Iliad (retold)
Kingfisher Epics
by Nick McCarty, Victor G. Ambrus
from Kingfisher
for 4th-6th grade
Illustrated Treasury of Myths and Legends
by James Riordan and Brenda Ralph Lewis, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Peter Bedrick Books
for 3rd-8th grade
Kidnapped by Accident
by Arthur Catherall
from Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Kingfisher Treasury of Stories from Around the World
by Linda Jennings
from Kingfisher
for 3rd-5th grade
in Short Story Anthologies for Kids (Location: FIC-ANTH)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Moby-Dick (retold)
by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Oxford University
for 5th-8th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: FIC-RET)
Prisoners in the Snow
by Arthur Catherall
from Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Robin and His Merry Men
by Ian Serraillier, illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Oxford University
Songs and Ballads for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Robin Hood
by Antonia Fraser, illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Book Club Associates
for 6th-8th grade
Robin Hood: His Life and Legend
by Bernard Miles, illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Treasure Press
for 3rd-6th grade
Robin in the Greenwood
by Ian Serraillier, illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
from Henry Z. Walck, Inc.
Songs and Ballads for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Tales from the Arabian Nights
by James Riordan, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Children's Press
for 4th-8th grade
Tales of King Arthur
by James Riordan, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Hamlyn
for 4th-8th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Well-Loved Tales from Shakespeare
by Bernard Miles, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
from Hamlyn
for 4th-8th grade
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$14.00 (1 in stock)