tom eckersley RDI OBE 1914 - 1996
BR poster 1961
Tom studied commercial art at Salford School of
Art. During the 1930's he was amongst the
foremost poster artists of the period, producing
much work for Shell-Mex and London Transport. His
relationship with London Transport lasted over 50
During WW2 he drew maps for the RAF and after the
war continued to design posters, in 1954 he joined
the teaching staff at the London College of
Printing, later to become Head of Department. He
helped to establish the first undergraduate courses
in graphic design in Britain. Tom Eckersely was
elected Royal Designer to Industry in 1961.
posters for RoSPA from WW2
some of these are available for sale in our shop - please enquire
These posters were produced as industrial safety propaganda to
support the production drive that supplied the armed services. The
posters were commissioned by RoSPA and underwrittenby Ernest
Bevin's Ministry of Labour. Tom was RoSPA's most prolific designer
check out these other rospa designers
g r morris
thanks for these images to
Eckersley Archive LCP London
illustrated exhibition catalogue LCC 2005 (click on link to read text by Paul Rennie)
Dr Paul Rennie gives very good lectures ( with slides, objects or powerpoint)
on RoSpa, visual culture
and citizenship, the history of posters and graphic design
and specifically on the work of Tom Eckersley
Please contact him if this is of interest...
AVAILABLE FROM RENNIES
GPO advetising greetings cards and envelope ( no message )
1963 London Underground poster sold
1950s for GPO p.o.a.
1946 scarce first edition
available at £45 each
selection of original lithograph plates by Eckersley, c.1940
(please enquire for availability as some now sold)
1980s poster Charlie Chaplin
for other available original posters by Tom Eckersley please look at our posters in the shop - click here
Paul was asked several years ago now to do a small book on Tom Eckersley for the Antique Collectors Club DESIGN series...sadly the series took a different direction......
In the meantime, Tom's poster design features in Paul's book to commemorate 100 years of RoSPA.
WATCH THIS SPACE :
NEWS OF FORTHCOMING BOOK.....
PUBLICATION OF PAUL RENNIE'S
IN DEPTH MONOGRAPH ON TOM ECKERSLEY
RE-SCHEDULED FOR 2021
(postponed for obvious reasons )
We were privileged to have been introduced to Tom by Abram Games,
and here is a short interview that Paul conducted at Abram's home in North London,
in the 1990s,
published by Affiche in 1994/5. (click on page to read)
Tom in his studio
thankyou to neighbour in London who sent this image.
to return to the beginning...