Jack Matthew grew up in Oldham, Lancs. He studied at Oldham School of Art and at Goldsmiths’ College, concentrating on wood engraving, lithography and illustration. The books he illustrated were usually adventure stories, such as Stevenson’s Catriona (1947). He illustrated two books for Peter Lunn, The Haunted Island and Spanish Galleon with textured pencil drawings, the full-page illustrations printed black over various colours. They are very well drawn and full of action.
Information taken from: Robinson, N. and Robinson, S., ‘Ladybird Artists’, http://www.12testing.co.uk/~easy/ladybird/authors/va.htm, accessed April 30 2004 (originally from The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators by Alan Horne, pub. Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994).
- The “Flight” series 1-6, 1958-62 (Illustrated)
- The Story of Cricket, 1964 (Illustrated)
- The Story of Football, 1964 (Illustrated)