Inspired: Hannah Firmin

by Webmaster, 18th June 2019

Prints by Hannah Firmin, Crickhowell, Powys

Originally from rural Kent, Hannah lives in Llangynidr with her partner Richard. An illustrator and printmaker, she’s renowned for illustrating bestselling book series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but now focuses on private commissions and her own work which is available as prints.

Above: Usk Valley Farmhouse

“This working farmhouse near where I live probably hasn’t changed in more than 100 years. With the amazing rams and ancient farm machinery, it was crying out for an image.”



“Near my house is the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, which goes straight through Llangynidr. I used to walk with our old dog, Victor, along the canal, and there are so many lovely plants along the edge – like cow parsley and yellow irises. This is the old vicarage. It’s the perfect subject matter as far as I’m concerned as it has beautiful trees, landscape, animals and architecture.”


Bridge 126

“If you walk along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, you’ll notice that each bridge has a number, in beautiful, decorative typography, from when it was first built. I did this print of the bridge by Cyffredyn Lane a while ago. It was in the winter, as you could see through the bare oak tree branches across to the Gliffaes Hotel and down to the River Usk – a view you can’t see in summer. The trees are reflected in the canal – it’s a lovely purpley/brown, the colour of the earth.”


Wild Hares

“This was a print for a lovely book called Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: the Natural History of an English Village by Stephen Moss. For a book jacket illustration you have to think a bit differently as you need to decorate a small space and fit in the book’s details. The hare, a well-loved symbol of the countryside, lends itself to this sort of design, thanks to its beautiful shape.”


Sweet Peas

“This was an illustration I did for Anna Pavord, a gardener and garden writer of great esteem. She wrote a series of monthly columns for Gardens Illustrated magazine and I did the illustrations that accompanied them. This hand-coloured linocut was for her piece about cottage gardens and sweet peas.”


Scroll down for more examples of Hannah’s work…


More information

To see more of Hannah’s work, visit www.hannahfirmin.com. Hannah is part of Tower Gallery in Crickhowell where she exhibits. See www.towergallery.co.uk


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