Rowland Emett (1906 - 1995)

The very epitome of English graphic whimsy, and very influential internationally during the 50's and 60's(see an article on his work in Graphis No.42, 1952). Characteristically, once he had created the parameters of his own visual kingdom, he was happy to accept the constraints and challenge nothing.

01 Here is a slightly more complex piece with some spiky bits. Punch June 2nd 1954, 18 x 23cms. The subject matter is the gothic elements of nationalised railway system, the humour, the Branded bag with an expandable structure that attempts to duplicate Home in a dreary Lodging - the point being that drivers were often forced to stay away before their next drive brought them home. The subject of home comforts features large in Punch .

02 In 1944 Emett illustrated a book written by his wife, Mary - Anthony & Antimacassar. Here is Smug the Smuggler hiding the food and the treasure at a Piratical Picnic. The page size is 19 x 24cms.

03 Another foray on to the Iron Track, the Puffin Cut-Out Book produced to sell during the Festival of Britain in 1951. Sadly, like so many of the run, all is left is the cover measuring 18 x 24cms.

 

Jacket design, Far Twittering, The Annals of a Branch Line, Faber and Faber, 1949, 22 x 28 cms, all drawings having appeared in PUNCH magazine

 

magazine feature ON EMETT June 1955

Brochure for British Petroleum c1953 Dick Briel coll.

PUNCH cartoon, Outside Jobs 1945

PUNCH cartoon, Underground Trains 1945

PUNCH cartoons, THE FESTIVAL OF PUNCH 1951

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HOME RAILS PREFERRED 1947

ENGINES, AUNTIES AND OTHERS 1943

 

BUFFERS END 1949

THE HOTHOUSE OF BRITISH HUMOUR 1951 (30 Hoary Old Chestnuts - CARTOON VISUAL CLICHES)

Jacket design Sidings and Suchlike, Faber and Faber my copy 3rd impr. 1948, (1947) drawings all printed in Punch

NIGHT TRAIN TO PENZANCE , Odhams The Children's Wonder Book in Colour 1952

HOGMUDDLER ROTARY NIGGLER AND FIDGETTER DRAWING 1952,

SEASIDE PIER PUT AWAY AT THE END OF THE SEASON DRAWING