Edwin J Embleton (b.1907-d.2000)

Edwin J Embleton was born in Hornsey, London, studied at Hornsey Art School and did 'hound work' at a studio off the Grays Inn Road. In 1924 he started work at Odhams Press as a layout and lettering artist at £2.00 per week. He later became Studio Manager for Odhams Press. Embleton, although a commercial and graphic designer, has not been personally identified on any wartime posters, but, along with three other staff from Odhams,…

F.H.K. Henrion (b.1914; d.1990)

Having adopted British nationality in 1946, Frederic Henri Kay Henrion was born in Nuremberg on April 18 1914. From 1933 to 1934, Henrion trained as a textile designer in Paris with Fred Levi. Henrion studied at the Atelier Paul Colin from 1934 to 1935, also in Paris, as a poster and general graphic designer. Under Colin, Henrion became familiar with the posters of A.M. Cassandre and modern art developments, particularly surrealism. In 1935, Henrion won…

Leslie Grimes (b.1898; d.1983)

Grimes was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and then attended Kingston Art School, later studying in Paris. He joined the Army (underage) in 1915, spending two years on the Somme before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. Grimes worked in advertising before he took up cartooning, with Douglas Motorbikes one of his main clients (and as a hobby raced at Brooklands hanging out of 'sidecars', which his son describes as 'more like planks'. He also did…

Tom Eckersley (b.1914; d.1996)

Born in Lowton, Lancashire, Eckersley was educated at Lords College, Bolton, and Salford College of Art under Martin Tyas. He worked in London as a graphic designer from 1934, in partnership with Eric Lombers until 1940. He won the Heywood medal of merit in 1935, was appointed teacher of poster design at the Westminster School of Art in 1937 and taught there until 1939. He established his reputation as a graphic designer during the Second…

Bruce Angrave (b 1914; d.1983)

Born in Leicester, Bruce Angrave studied at Chiswick Art School, Ealing School of Art and the Central School of Art, London. He worked as a freelance book illustrator and periodical illustrator, designer and sculptor (including paper works for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and Expo 70 in Japan). A member of the Society of Industrial Artists (SIA), his poster designs were influenced by Tom Eckersley, Lewitt-Him and Abram Games. His poster style was described…
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