Artist biography

Osbert LANCASTER b. 1908

Painter, illustrator, cartoonist, theatrical designer and writer. Born 4 August 1908 in London, son of a publisher. Studied at Lincoln College, Oxford, 1926–30, then at the Byam Shaw School 1925–6, the Ruskin School, Oxford, 1929–30, and the Slade School 1931–2, under Alfred Hartley, J. van den Eckhoudt and Vladimir Polunin. Served in the News Department of the Foreign Office from 1940 and at the Embassy in Athens 1944–6. Has published a number of books with his own illustrations, mainly satirical examinations of past taste, and has contributed cartoons regularly to the Daily Express since 1939; since 1951 has designed many stage décors, particularly for opera and ballet. Hon. A.R.I.B.A. 1951; C.B.E. 1953.

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