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Meynell, Sir Francis (1891-1975) Knight

Gender: Male

Functions, occupations and activities
Born at 47 Palace Court, Bayswater, London (12 May 1891); educated at St Anthony's school, Eastbourne; at Downside and at Trinity College Dublin (from 1909), but took no degree; entered the publishing firm of which his father was manager, Burns & Oates; was in charge of design and production; manager of the "Herald" (later the Daily Herald) (1913), and subsequently assistant editor; was politically active, supporting women's suffrage and was a conscientious objector; married 1) Hilda Peppercorn (Saxe) (August 1914), they had one daughter; helped to found the Guild of the Pope's Peace (1916); founded the Pelican Press (1916); resigned from the Daily Herald (1920); editor of the Communist (1920-1921); compiled a book "Typography" (published 1923); founded, with Vera Mendel and David Garnett, the Nonesuch Press (1923); married 2) Vera Mendel (1925), they had one son; Nonesuch Press was taken over by George Macy, with Meynell continuing as designer (1936), but he regained control later (1951); worked for the advertising agency of Charles Hobson (1930-1934); was a journalist for the News Chronicle; advisor on consumer needs to the Board of Trade (1940); member, later director, of the Cement and Concrete Association (until 1958); Royal Designer for Industry (1945); honorary typographic advisor to HMSO (1945-1966); knighted (1946); married 3) Alix Hester Mary (1946); responsible for much of the official printing for the Festival of Britain (1951) and the Coronation (1953); member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (1954-1970); vice-president of the Poetry Society (1960-1964); died at his home in Lavenham, Suffolk (9 July 1975)


Family relationship with Butler, Elizabeth Southerden (1846-1933) Lady
Aunt: Meynell was the son of her sister Alice

Archival Resources
Number noted: 3

Correspondence, notes, drafts (c95 boxes and printed material), 20th C
Held at: Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
Document reference: Meynell Papers
Comments: Papers listed

Letters (12), 1938-1947
Held at: University of East Anglia Library
Document reference: PP/8/43; PP/39
Comments: Papers listed

Letters (5) from, to Sydney Cockerell, 1944-1951
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library
Document reference: MSL/1957/696/94-95, MSL/1957/697/209-211
Comments: Access by appointment

Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55