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Ardizzone, Edward Jeffrey Irving (1900-1979) 

Gender: Male

Functions, occupations and activities
English illustrator and author; born in Haiphong, French Indo-China [now Vietnam] (16 October 1900); in 1905 he moved to England with his family; became a professional artist (1926) after part-time study at the Westminster School of Art, London; became known as an illustrator of genre scenes in a variety of media, often with a comic Victorian flavour; he was best known for illustrated stories that were followed by numerous imaginative and popular children's books and by many other illustrated books; he was appointed as an Official War Artist (1940), recording the German invasion of France, and the North African and Italian campaigns; his freelance career continued after the war with a steady production of illustrative and ephemeral work in an instantly recognizable style that relied on ink line and delicate washes; died in Rodmersham, Kent (8 November 1979).


Archival Resources
Number noted: 7

'I am a painter': radio script of Ardizzone discussing how he became an artist, 17/9/1959
Held at: BBC Written Archives Centre
Document reference: HS Art Scripts
Comments: Papers listed

Sketchbook of landscapes, figure studies and daily life scenes made in England, India and the South of France, 1952-1954
Held at: British Museum: Department of Prints and Drawings
Document reference: 1969,1213.3.1-124 ; PRN:PDB29631

Diaries, 1943-1945
Held at: Imperial War Museum Department of Documents
Document reference: IWM: ARCH 20
Comments: Access by appointment only

Artwork for his 'Little Tim' books and other authors' books including Graham Green, Eleonor Farjeon and Ursula Moray Williams, c1973
Held at: Seven Stories, the Centre for Childrens' Books
Document reference: EA

Correspondence (18 items) with the Fine Arts Committee of the British Council relating to his painting, lent for the New York World Fair 1939; includes holograph letters and signatures, 1939
Held at: The National Archives: Public Record Office
Document reference: BW 63/13

Correspondence and papers, 1939-80
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design
Document reference: AAD/1981/2
Other information: Guide to the Archive of Art and Design, 2001
Comments: Access by appointment only

Correspondence with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1948-1975
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design
Document reference: MA/1/A787
Comments: Access by appointment only

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