John Farleigh RBA, RE, SMP, SWE

John Farleigh RBA, RE, SMP, SWE

1900 - 1965

b. 1900 in London, d. 1965.

Wood engraver, illustrator, painter and teacher.

Farleigh studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1919-22) and produced a great many posters for London Transport (1933-63). Farleigh is best known as an illustrator, particularly of the work of George Bernard Shaw, and in 1932 he received recognition for his illustrations of Shaw's 'The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God'. Throughout his career Farleigh helped promote wood engraving to new audiences. He had solo exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries and Lefevre Gallery and became President of Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1940.

Farleigh was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (RE) in 1948. He also received memberships to the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the Society of Mural Painters (SMP), and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

(Benjamin Angwin - October 2014)