G R Morris was an artist who ‘produced brilliant, frequently surrealist, ideas, but often failed to finalise them’. Morris worked for the National Safety First Association, founded in 1923, which became ROSPA in 1941, from well before the Second World War, through until about 1956. Morris also designed posters for London Transport, and prepared some designs to illustrate statistics in January 1948. He was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and designed book jackets for the Bodley Head and other publishers. In the years following the war Morris also produced a variety of work for Colman, Prentice and Varley, Crawfords, Bradbury Agnew, Longmans along with his work for the Bodley Head.

Information taken from: Darracott, J. and Loftus, B., Second World War Posters, 1981 (1972), p.46, London Transport Museum Database, February 2000

4 Responses

  1. Comment left on old blog by Alex Torrens: Noticed that one of the posters linked to this artist bio is not by G R Morris by actually by Eckersley I believe – ‘Asking for Trouble’

  2. Alex is completely right, that right-hand image is definitely one by Eckersley, I should have cut that out of the picture…

  3. Hi,

    this is fairly random but I’m currently trying to secure permission to include an illustration by Morris, which is featured in a 1941 biography of James Joyce and was originally published by John Lane/The Bodley Head in 1941, in my PhD thesis. Do you have any ideas at all about who would control Morris’ estate? This is one of the only mentions I could find about him anywhere! Thanks.

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