George Bissill

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Poster by Bissill commissioned for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War of coal miners at work.

George William Bissill (22 June 1896[1] – 14 September 1973) was a British miner, painter, and furniture designer.[1][2] During the First World War, he was stationed in France and was gassed.

Bissill studied art at the Nottingham School of Art for a year from 1920. His first exhibition was in 1925 at the Redfern Gallery. He created posters for a number of organizations including Shell, the Post Office and London & North Eastern Railway.[3]

Bissill was known for his landscapes and figurative paintings in oil, watercolour and woodcuts.[4]

Bissill's paintings are held in a number of important public collections, including the Tate Gallery, National Museum of Northern ireland and the Manchester Art Gallery.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "George Bissill 1896–1973". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b 15 Paintings by George Bissill at the BBC Your Paintings site
  3. ^ "George Bissill". Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  4. ^ Windsor, Alan (1992), Handbook of modern British painting, 1900-1980, Scolar Press, p. 32, ISBN 9780859678230 

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