Tortoiseshell Cat
Tortoiseshell Cat

JOHN BEAVEN (worked c.1940-c.1970)

Tortoiseshell Cat

c. 1965 United Kingdom

Offered by Sarah Colegrave

£75 gbp
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John Beaven was an animator, illustrator, poster designer, graphic artist and sculptor working in London from the 1940s to1960s.

In the late 1940s Beaven worked as an animator on the Charley Films produced by Halas & Batchelor. Charley was cartoon character who portrayed an everyman figure a through the cartoons the Central Office of Information wished to teach the public about the various reforms being undertaken by the post-war government. The films looked at various aspects of the nations scheme for recovery after the effects of World War II and covered new towns, schooling, the National Health, National Insurance and various forms of industry. The films Beaven worked on were: Charley in “Your Very Good Health” (1948); Charley in the New Towns (1948); Charley’s March of Time (1948); Charley Junior’s Schooldays (1949); Farmer Charley (1949). As an illustrator he worked for Look and Learn, producing educational illustrations and posters for children. In the 1960s he designed a series of classroom posters for Macmillan & Co, which covered history, fairy tale and literary themes.

This personal collection of often amusing illustrations of cats were drawn and given as birthday or Christmas cards for Beaven’s wife. Many show events and adventures in the lives of their own pet cats. John and Christina Beaven lived in Ranelagh Avenue, Barnes, south west London.
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Dimensions
Height 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Width 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
External Height 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
External Width 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Medium
Watercolour, unframed, in conservation mount
Sarah Colegrave

Sarah Colegrave
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