John Hassall


Artist Biography:

John Hassall, the son of a naval officer, was born in Walmer, Kent in 1868. He studied art in Antwerp and Paris and eventually became a full-time illustrator, regular contributing to The Graphic magazine. By 1900, Hassall was an established illustrator, cartoonist and poster designer and had become one of the most influential British poster artists of the early twentieth century. Hassall’s most famous posters were for household products, theatre productions and railway companies. Indeed, Skegness Council were still using his Jolly Fisherman poster some seventy years after first commissioning it. An early member and later President of the London Sketch Club, he founded the New Art School (later the Hassall School of Art), which he ran for twenty years.

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