Andrew Dodds, Caning, East Anglian Magazine - Original 1951 pen & ink drawing


An original 1951 pen & ink drawing, Andrew Dodds Caning, East Anglian Magazine.

A wonderfully dramatic pen and ink illustration with watercolour wash. The drawing was reproduced in an August 1951 edition of East Anglian Magazine, illustrating an article about F.C. Oakley's school days at Fauconberg School, where he received a caning from headmaster Mr Bateman. The drawing is accompanied by a printed photocopy of the magazine page where the illustration was reproduced.

Signed lower right.
In excellent condition.
16.4cm x 14.1cm.

This work forms part of a collection of illustrations associated with East Anglian Magazine from the 1950s. The drawings are by a variety of hands and the quality is exceptionally high – including works by esteemed draughtsmen Paul Hogarth and Andrew Dodds.

East Anglian Magazine was published monthly in Ipswich between 1935 and 1982, was an eclectic collection of stories, illustrations and old photographs relating to the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The majority of the drawings were reproduced in in this magazine, and by virtue of this they all share a quirky, English appeal – often slightly humorous or oddball, depicting local personalities and customs, or illustrating amusing anecdotes or intriguing scenes from local history.

Andrew Dodds (1927-2004) was a prolific illustrator for books, newspapers and, famously, “Radio Times”. From 1951 to 1970 Dodds produced over 300 drawings for Radio Times, including creating the faces of the long-running, well-loved serial “The Archers”. Although born in Gullane, East Lothian, it was in the south-east of England that Dodds made his home. His farming family moved to Weeley in Essex when he was young and in 1942 he won a scholarship to Colchester Art School. He went on to attend the Central School of Art, in London, 1947-50, where he was taught by Roderic Barrett and William Roberts. In 1951 he was being elected a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

Dodds worked on some forty illustrated books for publishers including Dent, Longmans, Nelson and Michael Joseph. He taught at St Martin's School of Art in London (1953-1972), then at Suffolk College in Ipswich, until 1989. In 1983, he was elected a fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers.


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