Monday, April 17, 2017

Faith Jaques

[Great Britain] (b 1923/d 1997)

"Born in Leicester in 1923, Jaques was a prodigious reader and artist as a child. Leaving grammar school at 15, she went to Leicester College of Art in 1941-42. Its stern commitment to anatomy, perspective and the study of the histories of architecture, furniture and costume was to stand her in good stead in the years to come. (...) In London after the Second World War she attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts on a grant so low she was forced to lodge in a Salvation Army Hostel for her first six months. Part-time art teaching and many commercial commissions were to follow, including over 500 drawings for the Radio Times, such an important patron for all artists over many years. It was only by 1968 that she had enough confidence to abandon teaching for full-time book illustration.(...) Her brilliance soon found many outlets, including Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1967) (...) She also provided meticulous art-work for Hugh Evelyn's multi-volume History of Costume (1966-70). The hard work this entailed was meat and drink to an artist who, in her own words, always believed that "information sparks imagination, and sound drawing underpins creative flight". (...) Lucky the author with such a faithful and intelligent interpreter; other writers who benefited from her skills included Philippa Pearce, Allan Ahlberg, and Henry Treece. Leon Garfield was another beneficiary, with Jaques's illustrations for his London Apprentice series (1976-78) among her finest work. Long out of print, these must inevitably become collectors' items if they are not so already. "


Great Britain 1960 "3rd Centenary of the Establishment of 'General Letter Office'" (2,2,1) [Photo] Sc(376)

Great Britain 1961 "7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference" (2,2,2) [Photo] Sc(385,386)

[ I only have data of Great Britain stamp Designers until 1970,so this has to be considered as a incomplete post and waiting for future updates...]

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