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Hassall, John

(1868 – 1948)

Self Portrait (Red Indian Chief)

Signed and inscribed Hassall to Geo Baker, ap 28 1941

Pencil, coloured pencil, pen and ink
3 1/4 x 3 in. (8.2 x 7.6 cm)

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
George Baker; Chris Beetles

This drawing was part of a tribute by members of The Savage Club to the baritone Georges Baker (1885-1976), who was the honorary secretary and trustee of the club. He was best known for his contribution to recordings of the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.




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THE ARTIST

Hassall, John

1868 – 1948

Cartoonist, illustrator, designer, painter and teacher, born in Walmer, Kent. He was the father of the artist Joan Hassall and the writer Christopher Hassall. After education in England and Germany, and twice failing to gain a commission at Sandhurst, he emigrated to Manitoba, Canada, where he farmed. In the early 1890s, after some success contributing sketches to The Graphic, he moved back to Europe, studying art in Antwerp, then enrolling at the Academie Julian in Paris. Returning to England in the mid 1890s Hassall became a popular cartoonist and one of the most celebrated poster designers of his generation (his designs Included the well-known advertisement “Skegness Is so bracing.”). Hassall illustrated numerous books (especially for Blackie and Co.) and periodicals such as The Idler, London Opinion, Pearson’s Magazine and The Tatler. For many years he ran his own school of art, the New Art School and School of Poster Design. He was a member of RI, RWA, London Sketch and Savage Clubs. He lived in London and designed posters for the Great Northern Railway and numerous other clients. Like many artists who achieved a huge reputations through commercial work, Hassall craved public recognition of a different sort. Through his Royal Academy exhibits – larger, ambitious, historical works – he sought to establish himself as an academic painter. These works, however, lack the originality, liveliness and invention of his instantly recognisable and hugely successful commercial work.

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The original design for Tom Tom the Pipers Son …. , 1900
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John Hassall
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