Herry Perry: Artist and Illustrator


Julian Francis

255 x 210mm / softback with flaps
ISBN: 978-1-915670-17-5

  • The first book to cover the life and art of Herry Perry (1897-1962), an important, but neglected, artist of the 1920s-50s
  • Richly illustrated with full colour images

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Herry Perry (1897-1962) is an important, but neglected, artist of the 1920s-50s.

This new book brings together all of her artwork and allows us to make a full assessment of this witty and versatile artist for the first time. She studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central Saint Martins) from 1924-7 and was taught wood engraving there by Noel Rooke. Her first love was wood engraving but she quickly moved on to use the wide range of other skills she had acquired at the Central. Her best known work is the posters she designed for Frank Pick at London Transport from 1927-38. She produced some sixty witty and inventive posters during this time. Some of these included birds-eye view maps of areas of London.

Perry was also commissioned to paint murals, most famously two on R.M.S. Queen Mary in 1935/6, and also a map mural for Rothamsted Research Station in 1932 (which can still be seen there). She also illustrated various books, some of which were written by her. The text and illustrations often show her sense of humour. The Second World War and the death of Frank Pick in 1941 put an end to her poster work. After the War she painted a large number of pub signs for various London and Surrey breweries.

About the author
Julian Francis is the author of Tom Chadwick and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (Fleece Press, 2013), Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker (Little Toller Books, 2015} and My Brush is My Sword: Anthony Gross, War Artist (Fleece Press, 2022).  He is a collector of prints and private press books and has a particular interest in wood engraving.