Monica Pountney (1913-2004) was a well-known painter, book illustrator and poster designer. She was born in Hampstead, north London (née Brailey). In 1939 she was listed as living in Fulham and she was working as a commercial artist, including poster design. Although the dates are not recorded it appears that it was in the mid to late 1930s that she attended Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts and studied under Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight. She was later to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under John Farleigh. In 1940 she married David Pountney. She illustrated several books, including the series of The Wendy Books 1954-57, published by Blackie & Son, and she worked too for William Heinemann. As a painter some of her works show the influence of Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group. She exhibited portraits, figure subjects and interiors at the United Artists, the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the National Society of Painters, Gravers & Sculptors. After living in the London area for many years Monica Pountney moved to Carmarthenshire late in life which is where she died at the age of 91 years.