Reco Capey

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Reco Capey (born 1895; died 1961) was a British artist and industrial designer.

Capey studied art at the Royal College of Art from 1919 to 1922. He went on to become Chief Instructor of Design at that same school from 1924 to 1935.[citation needed]

Capey is perhaps best known for his work with the British cosmetics firm Yardley of London, where he served as Art Director from 1928 to 1959. During his tenure, Capey was responsible for the distinctive visual styling of Yardley's packaging with their flower and honeybee motifs. He also controlled other areas of the company's brand image, including its store fittings and fixtures.[1]

Capey was also active as an independent painter and sculptor.[2] From 1929 to 1940, he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Salon.[citation needed]

In 1937 he was given the distinction ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ (RDI) by the Society.[3][not in citation given]


  1. ^ "Yardley". Cosmetics and Skin. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Reco Capey ARCA, FRSA (from 1937)". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII. 2011. Retrieved 25 Jul 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reco Capy". Your Paintings. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2013.