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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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Crosby, Theo (1925–1994), designer and architect, was born on 3 April 1925 in Mafeking, South Africa, the only child of Nicholas Johannes Crosby (d. 1938), compound engineer for a gold mine, and his wife, Nicholas Johannes Goosen (a name chosen before birth for the boy it was hoped she would be). His parents were cousins, whose families were multiply intermarried. They were Afrikaners, with the exception of ...

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Cruikshank, George (1792–1878), graphic artist, was born on 27 September 1792, and baptized on 6 November at St George's, Bloomsbury Way, London, the second son of Isaac Cruikshank (1764–1811), caricaturist, and his wife, Mary, née MacNaughton (1769–1853). At the time the family lived at ...

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Gardner, (Leslie) James (1907–1995), designer and graphic artist, was born on 29 December 1907 at 26 Stacey Road, Hendon, Middlesex, the son of Frederick James Gardner, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Flora May, formerly Jarvis. He was brought up in somewhat unhappy family circumstances in suburban ...

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J. C. H. Hadfield

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Gibbings, Robert John (1889–1958), wood-engraver and book designer, was born at 5 Clarence Terrace, Cork, on 23 March 1889, the second son of Revd Edward Gibbings (1859–1924), later canon of Cork Cathedral, and his wife, Caroline Rouvière (1860–1907), the daughter of Robert Day...

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Gilroy, John Thomas Young (1898–1985), graphic artist and portrait painter, was born on 20 May 1898 at 4 Crawhall Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son and the fourth of eight children of John William Gilroy, marine artist and technical draughtsman, and his wife, ...

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Gray [née Binyon], Nicolete Mary (1911–1997), historian of lettering, letter carver, and art critic, was born on 20 July 1911 at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the last of three children of Laurence Binyon (1869–1943), poet, art critic, and scholar, and his wife, Cicely Margaret (1876–1962)...

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Henrion, (Frederick) Henri Kay [formerly Heinrich Fritz Kohn] (1914–1990), graphic designer, was born on 18 April 1914 at Nuremberg, Germany, the son of Max Kohn, a solicitor, and his wife, Paula, née Rosenau (d. 1965). His parents were Franco-German.

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Kauffer, Edward McKnight (1890–1954), artist and graphic designer, was born Edward Kauffer in Great Falls, Cascade county, Montana, USA, on 14 December 1890, the only son of John and Anna Kauffer. His parents were first- and second-generation immigrants to the United States, his father of Hanseatic German stock, his mother of Swedish origin. ...

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Kinneir, (Richard) Jock (1917–1994), typographer and graphic designer, was born at the Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire, on 11 February 1917, the son of Guy Kinneir (1892–1964), a second lieutenant in the Manchester regiment and later a medical practitioner, and his wife, Helen Elizabeth Margaret, ...

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Leighton, John [pseud. Luke Limner] (1822–1912), artist and book cover designer, was born on 15 September 1822, the first of seven children of John Leighton (1800–1883), bookbinder and publisher, and his wife, Sarah (1799–1877), daughter of the artist James Baynes (1766–1837). His father was in business with his uncle ...

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Paolozzi, Sir Eduardo Luigi (1924–2005), sculptor and printmaker, was born on 7 March 1924 at 6 Crown Place, Leith, Edinburgh, the only son and elder child of Alfonso Rudolfo Armando Antonio Paolozzi (1901–1940), confectioner, and his wife, Carmela Maria, née Rossi (1902–1955), daughter of ...

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Derek Hudson

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Pryde, James Ferrier (1866–1941), artist and designer, was born at 23 London Street, Edinburgh, on 30 March 1866, the only son of six children of David Pryde (1834–1907), headmaster of Edinburgh Ladies' College (1870–91), and his wife, Barbara (b. c.1833/4), daughter of ...

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Thorgerson, Storm Elvin (1944–2013), graphic designer, was born on 28 February 1944 at 358 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, the son of Elvin Thorgerson (1920–1988) and his wife, Anna Evangeline (Vanji), née Collier (b. 1918). At the time of his birth his father (who was of Norwegian descent) was a lieutenant in the ...

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Wilkinson, Norman (1878–1971), marine and poster artist and creator of dazzle camouflage, was born on 24 November 1878 at 2 Eastbourne Terrace, Cambridge, one of the four children of Thomas Collins Wilkinson (b. 1853), music teacher, who left the family in the boy's childhood, and his wife, ...