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Artist - Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee, born 1901 in Burley-in-Wharfdale, Yorkshire, died 1975. Designed poster for London Transport 1943

  • Educated; Leeds School of Art;

Biography:

Joseph Lee won a scholarship to Leeds Grammar School and Leeds School of Art, where Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore were fellow students. In 1919, he moved to London to take up a scholarship at the Royal College of Art, but was unable to finance his studies. In 1920, Lee became a cartoonist and political writer for Pall Mall Gazette. He later joined the Sunday Express but, being a committed Socialist, resigned during the General Strike. He then worked for a number of magazines, including the Daily Chronicle. His popular 'London Laughs' series, was renamed 'Smiling Through' during the Second World War. It appeared in the Evening News from 1934 to 1966.

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