Hilda Boswell

Illustration for the classic poem “Block City” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Hilda Boswell's 1963 illustration

What are you able to build with your blocks?

A Child’s Garden of Verses is a collection of poetry for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, which first appeared in 1885 and has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions.

Hilda Boswell (1903–1976) was an illustrator and writer of books for children. She was the daughter of an architect, and studied at Hornsey School of Art and Regent Street Polytechnic. Her preferred medium was watercolour, and she admired the work of Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway and Arthur Rackham.

Boswell illustrated a popular 1963 edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses.