Ardizzone, Edward: The Railway Station
From the First Series of 16 designs of ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’, a charming ‘Lyons Lithograph’ from one of the most famous illustrators of children’s books, an image full of expectation of waiting for the train to arrive.
Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate, unframed.
Between 1946 and 1955, Lyons commissioned three series of prints, 40 in total, for display in Lyons Teashops, and which offered an overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists.
Artist: Edward Ardizzone, CBE, RA, ARWS, RDI (1900-1979)
Title and date: The Railway Station, 1947
Size: 74.0 x 99.0 cms.
Edward Ardizzone is regarded as the most influential illustrator of children’s books in modern times. He was born in Haiphong in French Indo-China to a Franco-Italian father and a Scottish mother. The family returned to England in 1905, and lived mainly in East Anglia until 1919, when they settled in London. Working as a clerk in a shipping office, he began to practice his drawing on a doodle pad and during evening classes at the Westminster School of Art.
In World War Two, Edward Ardizzone worked as a full-time official ‘War Artist’, assigned to the War Office by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee – and during this time he painted an extensive collection of war-related art prints.
After the war, Ardizzone worked prolifically, illustrating over 200 books. He has become well known by generations of parents and children alike, for his ‘Little Tim’ books, featuring the maritime adventures of the eponymous young hero. He also provided illustrations for a number of other well-known children’s books, including Clive King’s ‘Cave Hero’.
Versatile and productive, he produced paintings, sculptures, etchings and lithographs, and worked as a designer.