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ATS Soldiers on the Beach, Bournemouth
Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

ATS Soldiers on the Beach, Bournemouth 1940–1942

Edward Ardizzone (1900–1979)

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Book illustrator, lithographer, watercolourist and writer for children. Born in Haiphong, Indo-China, Ardizzone – whose work was sometimes signed DIZ or E A – studied art under Bernard Meninsky and F J Porter at evening classes at Westminster School of Art in 1920–1. 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 was an official war artist during World War II, working widely in Europe and North Africa, and his illustrated war diaries are notable records. After the war he established a strong following as a book illustrator, titles ranging from Walter de la Mare’s Peacock Pie and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress to H E Bates’ Uncle Silas stories and Maurice Gorham’s Back to the Local.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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