Jean Royle created the ‘Christmas Eve’ card design in the 1940s. Christmas was an enjoyable time in the family and as a mother Jean always provided her children with the traditional stocking hung up by the fireplace.The idea for this lino print, which measures 6″ x 3½” was taken directly from the surroundings of Jean Royle’s home in one of the many Suffolk cottages in which she lived. Cottages then always had a cast iron coal range with an open fire and a fender. There was no electricity so a kettle sits on the hob. There is a clear influence from Picasso in the design of the girl’s face.