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Artist - Harry Blacker

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Harry Blacker, born 1910 in Whitechapel, London, died 1999. Designed posters for London Transport 1938-1939

  • Educated; Sir John Cass Institute;

Harry Blacker was also known by the name Nero.


Harry Blacker grew up in Bethnal Green. His parents were Jewish immigrants, from Russia and Lithuania, who met and married in London. Blacker drew from an early age and completed a five year apprenticeship in printing and engraving. At evening classes he met Harold Stabler, who introduced him to Christian Barman and Frank Pick. This led to poster commissions from London Transport, in addition to those from Shell, BP and the Post Office. Blacker produced popular satirical cartoons under the name of Nero during the Second World War. He went on to make a name for himself in advertising as a skilful copy illustrator. He contributed to numerous magazines including Punch, Bystander, Picture Post and The Jewish Chronicle.

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