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Artist - Mary Adshead

Mary Adshead, born 1904 in London, died 1995. Designed posters for the Underground Group and London Transport 1927-1937

  • Educated; The Slade School of Fine Art; 1921-1924
  • Educated; Kingston Art School; 1962


Mary Adshead was the daughter of Stanley Adshead, an artist, architect and Professor of Civic Design. She studied under Professor Henry Tonks, who arranged her first mural project with fellow student Rex Whistler in 1924. Numerous public and private commissions followed, including decorative work at Bank and Piccadilly Circus Underground Stations. Adshead exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1927. She illustrated children's books and designed stamps for the General Post Office in 1949, 1951 and 1953. In the 1960s she studied mosaic design, a technique she incorporated into murals including decorative work for a pedestrian subway in Rotherhithe in 1983. In the 1980s and 1990s she ran sketching tours in Malta, Turkey and Madeira.

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