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Harold Gaze (1885-1963)

Harold Gaze and Family, 1963
(2nd row on the right)




Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand in 1885. He studied art in London, moved to Australia during WWI, and finally settled in Pasadena, California in 1927, where he lived for over 30 years. Here he became known as a “The Bubble Man” and was frequently seen walking the neighborhoods in his top hat and cane. A celebrated writer and illustrator of children’s fantasy fiction, Harold delighted readers with more than a dozen original stories including "Coppertop," "The Goblin’s Glen," and The Merry Mite series. His work can be found in the collections of Scripps College (six works made for Miss Scripps herself), the National Museum of American Illustration, the Pasadena Museum of History, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection of Children's Illustration (Brandywine River Museum).