Richard O. Rose: A Mid-Century Mystery

Last week frequent Today's Inspiration contributor David Roach did it again; he sprung a bunch of scans on me by another wonderful mid-century British illustrator: Richard O. Rose.

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David writes, "Another illo from John Bull – with a use of perspective which reminds me of a great shot by Noel Sickles in the recent book of his art."

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He continues, "... ultra clean lines and subtle pastel colours , a great artist I’ve actually seen very little by."

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"I suspect that underneath it all Rose was probably inspired by Ronald Searle but he’s one of those artists it’s hard to pin down..."

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"... is he a cartoonist doing straight stuff, or a straight man doing cartoons?"

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David concludes, "A friend of mine thinks [Rose] might have done a few ads – which wouldn’t be a great revelation – but as for any personal details – zilch."

David and I are hoping that, as has happened so often before, by presenting Richard O. Rose on Today's Inspiration, someone from the community will step forward with additional information.

* More of Richard O. Rose's terrific illustrations - again with thanks to David Roach - tomorrow!

* Addendum to the Arnold Friberg post: Greg Newbold has done a follow-up post on Friberg, visit Greg's blog for more!

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