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Bawden, Edward (1903–1989), painter and designer, was born on 10 March 1903 in Braintree, Essex, the only child of Edward Bawden, a Braintree ironmonger of Cornish stock, and his wife, Eleanor Game, the daughter of a Suffolk gamekeeper. He went to Braintree high school...

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Edward Bawden (1903–1989) by Howard Coster, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bloch, Martin (1883–1954), painter and graphic artist, was born on 16 November 1883 in Neisse, Upper Silesia, the younger of two children of Maximilian Bloch (1852–1932), a textile factory owner, and his wife, Margarete, née Mosse (d. 1942), who died in a concentration camp in ...

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Fitton, James (1899–1982), painter and designer, was born on 11 February 1899 in Herbert Street, Oldham, Lancashire, the second son and youngest of three children of James Fitton, iron plater and union leader, and his wife, Janet Chadwick, mill weaver. He was educated at the ...

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Kramer, Jacob (1892–1962), painter and graphic artist, was born on 26 December 1892 in Klintsy, in the province of Chernigov in Ukraine, the only son of Max (Meir) Kramer (d. 1915), a court painter who worked in a naturalistic style and who had studied under ...

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Meidner, Ludwig Baruch (1884–1966), painter and graphic artist, was born on 18 April 1884 in Bernstadt, Silesia, one of four children of Gustav Georg Meidner (b. c.1818), a textile merchant, and his wife, Rosa Glogauer (d. 1942). Meidner grew up in a Jewish family who owned a textile shop. In 1901 he started training as a bricklayer in preparation for the study of architecture. Two years later he began studying drawing at the ...