Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator

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Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator

Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator

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Peter Yates (1920-1982) was born in Leytonstone, East London, to Frank Yates, manager of a marine chandlery and Frances Margaret (née Clarke). He would encourage and help to further her career, and act as point of liaison in England whilst she worked abroad. His scenes of troops on manoeuvres through bombed out towns or civilians hunkered down in bomb-shelter bunkers are composed with an intimacy and softness that focuses on the characters involved rather then the shadow of the conflict. The Belle Adventure itself, fishing for cod, crossed the Atlantic bound for the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, and several of Wallis’s later pictures record this voyage (e. Around this time his brother David rents a house at Kingsdown, near Deal, later to be the home of Tim's parents in the Little Tim books.

After school he continued to pursue his interest in the arts, working as a commercial artist but also, foreshadowing his later occupation, as model and furniture maker, before studying what would become his main concern, architecture, at Regent Street Polytechnic (1938-41). At this time the major theme of his paintings was life in London, with affectionate illustrations of the pubs and parks near his home in Maida Vale. Ardizzone also illustrated several telegrams for the Post Office in the 1950s and 1960s, many of which are considered collectors' items.Shephard was educated at Repton College, and then at the illustrious Slade School of Fine Art run by the legendary Professor Henry Tonks. In Britain, he recorded troops at their training camps and spent nights sketching in the London Underground, where tube tunnels were being used as air-raid shelters during the Blitz. Brian Alderson, 'Edward Ardizzone: a preliminary hand-list of his illustrated books, 1929–1970', in The Private Library; 2nd series, 5:1 (1972 Spring), pp. Early in the 1970s, Ardizzone illustrated a new edition of the 20-year-old Little books by Graham Greene: The Little Train, The Little Fire Engine, The Little Horse Bus, and The Little Steamroller. Ardizzone and other war artists such as Anthony Gross, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Carel Weight and Leslie Cole gave home audiences a sense of what life was like for British troops overseas.

When Ardizzone was just four or five years old his mother brought him and two siblings to Suffolk to be looked after by their grandmother so that she and her husband could remain in the Far East. Ardizzone was educated first at Ipswich School and then, from 1912, at Clayesmore School, a boarding school in Dorset. The village is known for its textile heritage, and Tschudi would briefly experiment with designs for textiles when she put certain of her images onto pillow and cushion cases. The series continued until 1972 with Tim's Last Voyage which was followed in 1977 by Ship's Cook Ginger. Alfred Wallis Alfred Wallis, Cornish fisherman and, from his late sixties on, self-taught artist, was born in Devonport on the 18th August, 1855.And this show also led to his first contract as book illustrator of Sheridan Lefanu’s ‘In a Glass Darkly’ (1929). After working as a clerk, he decided in 1926 to pursue art full-time; five years later he had his first one-man show at the Leger Galleries.

He went on to become Head of Drawing and Painting at Gloucester College of Art (1931) where he taught until his retirement in 1963. Ardizzone's influence is felt even today amongst modern children's book illustrators almost as strongly as it was during his lifetime. and these whirlwind-rendered watercolours - that look careless to the dull-minded - are some of his finest. His style was naturalistic but subdued, featuring gentle lines and delicate watercolours, with great attention to particular details. His drawings show the routines of army life: drills, passing time in mess rooms, eating and drinking, as well as the incongruity of the presence of British troops within the local French culture.Though just a small boy at the time, the journey to England was to have a strong influence on the content of his later work. At the onset of the communist coup in 1948, aged 32, Sasek left Prague for Munich, where from 1951-57 he worked for Radio Free Europe. Ardizzone's first major commission was to illustrate an edition of In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu in 1929. Ardizzone acknowledged that his style was not so suited to scenes of violence and even less so to places that had been deserted of people entirely. Tschudi attended The Grosvenor School only briefly – from 1929-30 – but throughout her life she would maintain a close working relationship with the Grosvenor School linocut tutor Claude Flight (see Artists).



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