Monday, March 26, 2018

Richard Gerald Guyatt

[Great Britain] (b 1914/d 2007)

"Richard Guyatt, who has died aged 93, was one of the original group of professors assembled in 1948 as part of the reform of the Royal College of Art. He helped to relaunch the institution as a place that prepared postgraduate students for lives in the specialised design professions just beginning to emerge, through teaching by active practitioners rather than career academics. (..) The reforms of the late 1940s - specialisation, partnerships with industry, practitioner-teachers, a new status for designers, and above all encouragement to find one's own voice - were to revolutionise art education in Britain, and, in time, the design professions as well. Guyatt, known to everyone as Dick, was right at the centre of them. (..) Dick was born and spent his childhood in La Coruña in Galicia, north-west Spain. His father, the British consul in Vigo, died when Dick was 10 and he was despatched to school at Charterhouse, where his talent for drawing was first recognised. He went on to serve as apprentice to Oliver Messel's theatre design studio, and in the evenings attended life-drawing classes held by Bernard Meninsky, a famously inspiring draughtsman, at the Westminster school. (..) At 19, he began his career as a freelance graphic designer with posters for Shell-Mex and BP as well as book illustrations. Two of his Shell posters - Sham Castle in Bath for the Visit Britain's Landmarks series, and Racing Motorists for These Men Use Shell - have become classics. (..) As part of the 1951 Festival of Britain on South Bank in London, Dick co-designed - with college colleagues Robert Goodden (obituary, March 26 2002) and Dick Russell - the Lion and Unicorn Pavilion, celebrating as twin aspects of Britishness the solidity and strength of the lion and the imagination and eccentricity of the unicorn. In his long and versatile career, he created coins for the Royal Mint, postage stamps and postal order forms, the WH Smith logo, the packaging for Anchor butter and dinner services for embassies and colleges. He was a member of the stamp advisory committee and was made CBE in 1969. "


Great Britain 1965 "700th Anniversary of Simon de Monfort's Parliament" (2,2,1) [Photo] Sc(423)

Great Britain 1977 "25th anniv. of the reign of Elizabeth II." (5,1) [Photo] Sc(810,...,814) 

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