BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 and Lance Cattermole

I was writing an article around Frank Bellamy’s work in the BBC Children’s Hour Annual (1952) and fell in love with  a piece of colour artwork  by Lance Cattermole. He drew lots of railway posters and we are fortunate in having a National Railway Museum that has archived many of them. One of my favourites is not the traditional tourist-duping sunny scene of the British seaside but this lovely lady from “Morecambe for First Class Holidays” poster (1960)

Lance Cattermole

Morecambe poster by Lance Cattermole 1960

And some of his historic figures show real movement in 2-D such as Hereward the Wake, associated with Ely

Hereward the Wake

Hereward the Wake by Lance Cattermole

Lance Harry Mosse Cattermole (1898-1992), the Science Museum Group, of all places tells us, was born in Ireland, 19 July 1898, son of Sydney Cattermole, an artist, and grandson of George Cattermole (1800-68) – illustrator of ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ and other Charles Dickens works. Educated Worthing, Sussex and Odiham, Hants. Studied at Central School of Arts & Crafts 1922-23 and at the Slade School 1923-26. Lived near Worthing for many years. Represented in many museums and collections. Produced posters for BR. Produced artwork for Scottish Region series. The Look and Learn site shows two pieces credited to him. I’m confused as to why he would serve in the First World War in 21st Eastern Ontario Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force as it states on the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Museum site where you can see a sketch (for a Player’s Cigarette card) with a very familiar signature – so maybe it’s right!

This story by Anthony C. Wilson called “A voice in the wall” appeared in the BBC Children’s Hour Annual [1952] and the colour piece is particularly beautiful for its sharp colour and the boys’ movement.

 

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Page 72 of BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 drawn by Lance Cattermore

Why do I say familiar? Well the illustrations below are what inspired me to scan and research a bit about Cattermole.

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Page 73 of BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 drawn by Lance Cattermore

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Page 74 of BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 drawn by Lance Cattermore

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Page 78 of BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 drawn by Lance Cattermore

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Page 79 of BBC Children’s Hour Annual 1952 drawn by Lance Cattermore

 

I have started a Pinterest Board if you want to see some more of his poster artwork

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