Artist biography

English illustrator and author. From 1905 he grew up in England, becoming a professional artist in 1926 after part-time study at the Westminster School of Art, London. He became known as an illustrator of genre scenes in a variety of media, often with a comic Victorian flavour. He was best known for illustrated stories, the first of which, Little Tim and the Brave Sea-Captain (Oxford, 1936), was followed by numerous imaginative and popular children's books and by many other illustrated books. Baggage to the Enemy (London, 1941) reflected his appointment in 1940 as an Official War Artist, recording the German invasion of France, and the North African and Italian campaigns. His freelance career continued after the war with a steady production of illustrative and ephemeral work in an instantly recognisable style that relied on ink line and delicate washes.

B. Alderson: ‘A Preliminary Hand-list of Illustrated Books', Priv. Lib., v/1 (1972)
Edward Ardizzone: A Retrospective Exhibition (exh. cat., London, V&A, 1974)
G. White: Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator (London, 1979)
E. Booth-Clibborn: My Father and Edward Ardizzone: A Lasting Friendship (London, 1983)


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