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Born Joshua Armitage
(1913-09-26)September 26, 1913
Died 1998
Nationality English
Area(s) Illustrator

Ionicus was the pen name of Joshua Armitage (26 September 1913 – 1998), an English illustrator.[1]

He is best known for drawing the covers for a wide range of Penguin editions of P. G. Wodehouse, though he also contributed cartoons and drawings to Punch for more than 40 years, and provided cover designs and text illustrations for nearly 400 books in total.

Book cover art[edit]

Although best known for his depiction of Wodehouse's idyllic England, Ionicus also drew covers for a number of well-known authors in other genres, such as the following:

Wartime art[edit]

During his wartime service in the British Navy he also contributed to the Admiralty-sponsored monthly magazine Ditty Box.[7]


  1. ^ Obituary. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ Diana Wynne Jones UK First Edition cover art. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  3. ^ Ionicus at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  4. ^ The King's Ghost. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  5. ^ Tales From The Hidden World. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  6. ^ The Haunted Grange. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  7. ^ National Archives Online Exhibition The Art of War. Retrieved 2008-07-02.