Artist biography

Ernest JACKSON 1872–1945

Painter, draughtsman, poster designer and lithographer, mainly of figures but occasionally of flower pieces, landscape and architecture. Born 15 August 1872 at Huddersfield, son of a printer. Apprenticed to a firm of lithographers in Leeds, attended life classes at the Yorkshire College and then studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts under Bouguereau, Ferrier, J.-P. Laurens and Constant. On his return to England designed posters and practised lithography; 1902 joined Lethaby as teacher at the Central School, where he continued till 1921. One of the founders of the periodical The Neolith 1907 and member of the Senefelder Club 1912. Designed posters for the London Underground from 1913. In charge of propaganda lithography for the Ministry of Information in the 1914–18 war. Helped to found the Design and Industries Association 1915; member of the Art Workers' Guild from 1916 and Master 1928. Instructor in Drawing at the R.A. Schools 1921–39; Principal of the Byam Shaw School 1926–40. A.R.A. 1944. Died at Oxford 11 March 1945 following a road accident. Memorial exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1946.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I