September 1947 ICI Magazine – Unknown artist
In browsing through issues of ICI Magazine online for Raymond Sheppard artwork, thanks to the generosity of the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre (Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF Telephone 0151 420 1121), I came across some lovely artwork and some well known illustrators which surprised me. I must say thank you specifically to Paul Meara who not only told me of the re-vamp to the webpages which broke a link to the online ICI magazines, but did some photos for me of various editions
I suspect there’s so much to be seen here that I’ll stretch this out over a few articles with little commentary. For a bit of background to the in-house magazine for ICI see the Sheppard blog. The magazine took in reports from various parts of the organisation and included Reports from the Alkali Division, Dyestuffs Division, General Chemicals Division, the Nobel Division, Metals, Paints, Plastics, and Salt Divisions. They also wrote about the overseas divisions such as Egypt and New Zealand amongst others
But what pleasantly surprised me and occupied a few of my evenings was the artwork that was sourced from employees and also commercial artists (such as Raymond Sheppard) – some well-known and others now forgotten.I have to confess that I’ve selected according to my curiosity and taste and should you want to check these out, the link is above. Also it’s worth saying here, credits for artists are rare and some signatures are hard to read, but I’ll have a go!
Advice to Amateur Artists by “Spike” February 1929
“Pielou” is the signature in this design from January 1947 ICI Magazine. is this Florence Pielou (1884 – 1959)?
Frontispiece from March 1947 is by H Emmett F.R.P.S – a relation of the famous Rowland Emett?
All three of the above by “Rix” are from March 1947 ICI Magazine
ICI magazine January 1947 with art credited to “Neave”
H. C. Geelan (of the Central Publicity Department of ICI) in ICI Magazine November 1947
Miss B. K. Reeve’s work for ICI Magazine January 1948 (she also was in the Central Publicity Department).
R. Pink (Paper Goods Manufacturing Company Limited) in July 1948
September 1948 – W. Bowen (Central Publicity Department). Stop and look at this and you’ll see a face!
January 1949 – R. J. Beeching (Kynoch Press Studio, London). The printer/publisher of the ICI Magazine