Ellis, Clifford and Rosemary: Teignmouth (Cut Down) – SOLD


Between 1946 and 1955, 40 ‘Lyons Lithographs’ were commissioned, intended for display in Lyons Teashops and we have 7 available from the first series issued. They provide a wonderful overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists and are now real rarities.

They were printed on paper whose quality reflected the austerity of the times and those surviving are frequently grubby and demonstrate edge damage. Our Lyons Lithographs have all been professionally cleaned and conserved and their colours are fully restored. They are mounted on conservation quality boards and are ready to frame.

‘Teignmouth’ is the third from the First Series of 16 ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’, designed by two of the most famous illustrators of the time and a real rarity, especially in this condition.

Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate, unframed.


Artist: Clifford Ellis (1907-1985) and Rosemary Ellis (1910-1988)

Title and date: Teignmouth, 1947, no. 3

Size: 74.5 x 98.0 cms.

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Artist description:

Clifford Ellis was born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex and studied at St. Martin’s School of Art then at the Regent Street Polytechnic before training to become a teacher and joining the staff at the Polytechnic. In 1931, he married Rosemary Collinson who had also studied at Regent Street, and after their marriage, Clifford and Rosemary worked together as partners on a wide range of artistic projects including designing book jackets, decorating tiles, making ceramics, producing mosaics and especially designing posters for London Transport, the General Post Office and Shell Mex and BP Ltd. They signed their posters C&RE, their initials being in alphabetical order and they are readily recognisable by their vibrant use of colour and form.

In 1936, Clifford Ellis took up the position of Assistant at Bath Technical College and a year later was appointed the first principal of the Academy of Art. The Academy moved to Corsham Court in 1946, the home of the artist Paul Ayshford, Lord Methuen. The Ellis’s continued to engage and invite many young artists to teach at Corsham, a significant number of whom would become key figures in the history of 20th century British art. These included Kenneth Armitage, Henry Cliffe, Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin, Peter Lanyon and William Scott.