|H N Eccleston
21 January 1923|
Coseley, West Midlands, England
|Died||30 April 2010
Upminster, Essex, England
|Education||Bilston School of Art|
|Organization||Bank of England|
|Known for||Designing banknotes|
Harry Norman Eccleston, OBE (21 January 1923—30 April 2010) was an artist from Coseley, West Midlands, England. He was the first full-time artist and designer of banknotes at the Bank of England.
He trained at Bilston School of Art, and in 1939, Birmingham College of Art, then later, after Royal Navy service in World War II, at the Royal College of Art. He produced paintings and etchings of the industrial landscape of the Black Country.
He joined the Bank of England in 1958 as their first in-house artist-designer, and was the designer of the "D" series of British banknotes — the first pictorial notes. They all featured Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Isaac Newton (£1), the Duke of Wellington (£5), Florence Nightingale (£10), William Shakespeare (£20) and Christopher Wren (£50). The notes were issued in 1970 and in use until 1981. He retired from the Bank of England in 1983.
He was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1979. In 2003 he was given an honorary doctorate of arts, by the University of Wolverhampton, for his services to banknote design and printmaking.
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