John Edgar Platt ARCA

John Edgar Platt ARCA

1886 - 1967

Remarks: Image of 'For the Zoo' (1922) London Undergreound poster:
Born 1886 in Leek, Staffordshire; Died 1967 in Eastbourne

Painter, woodcut artist, designer of stained glass, and art teacher.

John Edgar Platt first trained at Margate Art School and then at the Leek School of Art, before going on to study at the Royal College of Art, London, between 1905 and 1908. Platt exhibited widely at the Royal Academy and New English Art Club, and also with the Arts and Crafts Society. In 1922 Platt won the gold medal at the International Print Makers Exhibition, and designed a number of posters for London Underground including 'For the Zoo' (1922). Platt became President of the Society of Graver Printers in Colour between in 1939 (until 1953). During WWII, Platt was an Official War Artist and painted a number of maritime and Naval associated scenes, both on England's coast and on London's river Thames. Other commissions during the war include paintings of docks and railways. Many of these oil paintings are held by the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Air Force Museum.

Platt taught art throughout much of his long career, firstly at Harrogate School of Art (1919-1920), then at Derby School of Art (1920), and also at Edinburgh College of Art (1920-1923). Platt acted as Principal at the Leicester School of Art between 1923 and 1929, and then at Blackheath School of Art, London, between 1929 and 1939.