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A lavishly illustrated biography of Arthur Barbosa (1908-1995), the British artist who, over more than sixty years, provided dust jackets for some of the twentieth century's most famous authors of fiction. This includes Georgette Heyer, Sax Rohmer, C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian and, of course, George MacDonald Fraser of Flashman fame. His career began in London at the end of the 1920s, where he became a noted and respected illustrator and commercial artist. A lifelong friend of Rex Harrison, he also numbered among his friends and acquaintances Cecil Beaton, Frederick Ashton, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
From the author: "...Barbarosa lived a full and interesting life. Born just before the first World War, growing up in Liverpool in an era of great richness and great poverty, living in London during the Jazz Age and a second World War, and growing old in a small Kent village, he saw and experienced one of the most creative, inventive and innovative periods of the history of the world and he managed to adorn it with his rich and varied talent for drawing, painting and design."
..."he moved comfortably within the society of 1930s London and was at times one of its more entertaining movers and shakers."
Although best known for his dust jacket art for the aforementioned authors, he also designed theatre costume and scenery, and drew for commercial advertisements. He was also an expert in the esoterica of military uniforms and regalia and an interior designer and muralist.
Over more than 70 years of artwork, Barbarosa shows how unique one illustrator can be, creating images that today are icons of book illustration.
An impressive large, 351-page volume.
- Additional Information
Item Code BARBOH Publisher Book Palace Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781907081439 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 350pg Color Full Color