Raymond Myerscough-Walker (b.1908; d.1984)

Myerscough-Walker was among the best architectural draughtsman of the 1930s ‘with his distinct contemporary style: employing fantastic trees, powerfully contrasting and dense colours using bodycolour rather than wash to create emphasis, dynamic weather and light effects’. Much influenced by Surrealism, Myerscough-Walker lived in Chelsea and knew English painters such as Sutherland. In 1936 he designed an Art Deco entrance to the Zoological Gardens at Dudley Zoo, with a strong use of perspective, and a strong contrast between the ‘streamlined sweep of the entrance roof’ and the ‘vertical line of trees that frame the entrance’. Wrote Stage and Film Décor in 1940, ‘an historical overview of décor from the symbolic simplicity of the Greeks to modern times’.

Information collated from: Royoung Booksellers, ‘Stage and Film Décor, by Myerscough-Walker, R.’, http://www.royoung.com/cgi-bin/ryb455/2193.html, accessed October 3 2003.

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