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Artist - Tom Purvis

Tom Purvis, born 1888 in Bristol, died 1959. Designed posters for the Underground Group and London Transport 1932-1934

  • Educated; Camberwell School of Art;


Tom Purvis was probably the greatest and most influential British poster designer of the twentieth century. In his youth, he trained with Sickert and Degas. He began designing posters in the late 1900s. His most famous designs were for the London & North Eastern Railway, Shell and Austen Reed during the 1920s and 1930s, which show his superb use of flat colour - especially in the depiction of 'bathing beauties' and fashionably dressed young couples. He served on the committee for the British Art in Industry Exhibition at the Royal Academy (1935) and was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1936

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