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

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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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Beck, Henry Charles [Harry] (1902–1974), graphic artist and map designer, was born on 4 June 1902 at 14 Wesley Road, Leyton, Essex, the second child and only son of Joshua Try Beck, variously described as a commercial traveller, and an artist and monumental mason, and ...

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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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See Bridges, Robert Seymour

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Cattaneo, Ambrogio Antonio [Tony] (1927–2003), animator, was born on 15 February 1927 at 53 Hamilton Road, West Norwood, London, the son of Dante Cattaneo, a chef at the Savoy Hotel, originally from Gravedona, near Como, Italy, then living at 41 Burton Street, Euston Road, London...

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T. F. Henderson

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Chabot, Charles (bap. 1815, d. 1882), graphologist, was born in Battersea, Surrey, and baptized on 19 March 1815 at St Mary's, Battersea, the second of the three children of Charles Chabot, a lithographer, and his wife, Amy (or Amey), née Pearson; the family was Huguenot. He began as a lithographer in ...

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Theo Crosby (1925–1994) by George Newson, 1992 © George Newson / Lebrecht Music & Arts; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Cruikshank (1792–1878) by Daniel Maclise, 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Eckersley, Thomas [Tom] (1914–1997), poster artist and design teacher, was born on 30 September 1914, in Newton-le-Willows, and baptized at Lowton, Lancashire, the younger son of John Eckersley (1886–1950), Methodist minister, and his wife, Eunice Hilton (1888–1958). He was educated at Lord's College, Bolton...

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Ehrlich, Georg (1897–1966), sculptor and graphic artist, was born on 22 February 1897 in Vienna, the eldest of the three children of Kurt Ehrlich of Breslau, the representative of a German coalmining company, and his wife, Rosa, who was Viennese. Kurt Ehrlich was a businessman by necessity but, like his son, a musician by inclination. ...

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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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Fletcher, Alan Gerard (1931–2006), graphic designer, was born on 27 September 1931 in Nairobi, Kenya, the only child of Bernard Wolfe Fletcher, an executive in the Kenyan government, and his wife, Dorothy, née Murphy. His father died in 1936, and he and his mother then returned to his maternal grandparents' house in ...

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Freedman, Barnett (1901–1958), artist and designer, was born in the East End of London on 19 May 1901, the son of Louis Freedman, a journeyman tailor, and his wife, Reiza Ruk, both Jewish immigrants from Russia. Since he suffered from persistent ill health, ...

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Alan Livingston and Isabella Livingston

Games, Abram (1914–1996), poster artist and graphic designer, was born on 29 July 1914 in Whitechapel, London, the second of three children of Joseph Gamse (1877–1974), portrait and commercial photographer, and Sarah, née Rosenberg (1885–1969), seamstress, whose emigrant family were woollen merchants from ...

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(Leslie) James Gardner (1907–1995) by Lewis Morley, 1961 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Robert John Gibbings (1889–1958) by Howard Coster, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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...