Dora Batty

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Dora Margaret Batty (January 1891[1][2] – 10 July 1966)[3] was a British designer, working in illustration, poster design, pottery and textiles.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Batty was born in Colchester, Essex,[5][6][7] the youngest of three daughters of Rev. Thomas Batty[8] and Elizabeth Cooke Hopwood Batty.[3] Her father, a Congregational minister, was pastor for 40 years at Stockwell Congregational Chapel in Colchester.[9][10] She attended the Chelmsford School of Science and Art,[11] where she was a prize-winning student.[12]

Career[edit]

Batty designed posters for the Underground Group and for London Transport between 1921 and 1938, producing over 50 different designs.[13][14][15] From 1932, she taught in the School of Textiles at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. In 1950, she was appointed the Head of School, until she retired in 1958.[4][16]

In addition, she designed textiles for Helios and ceramics for the Poole Pottery and for Carter & Co, as well as advertisements for Mac Fisheries and K Shoes.[4][13] She also worked as a book illustrator.[4][15]

Death[edit]

Batty lived in London for many years, but died in Essex in 1966.[3]

Selected works[edit]

London Underground Posters
  • Crocuses are out, 1927
  • Come out and see it, 1927
  • Daffodils are blooming, 1927
  • See London's Gardens, 1927
  • RAF Display at Colindale Station, 1932
Book illustrations

References[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  2. ^ Dora M. Batty, age 3 months on 5–6 April 1891; 1891 England Census
  3. ^ a b c England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  4. ^ a b c d Ruth Artmonsky (2012). Designing Women: Women Working in Advertising and Publicity from the 1920s to the 1960s. Artmonsky Books. ISBN 978-0-9551994-9-3. 
  5. ^ Dora Margaret Batty, art student, age 20, 1911 England Census
  6. ^ 1901 England Census
  7. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  8. ^ "The Rev. D. L. Ward & Miss M. L. Batty". Essex Newsman. 13 August 1910. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Funeral of Rev. T. Batty, of Colchester". Essex Evening Star and Daily Herald. Ipswich, Suffolk. 19 June 1909. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Borough of Colchester: Protestant nonconformity". A History of the County of Essex. Victoria County History. 9. 1994 – via British History Online. 
  11. ^ "Story of the Week". Chelmsford Chronicle. 5 September 1913. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Chelmsford School of Art - Prize Distribution". Chelmsford Chronicle. 2 August 1912. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Artist - Dora M Batty". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Maker Profile of Dora Batty Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., The Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection, University of the Arts London website.
  15. ^ a b "Poster Girls exhibition showcases forgotten design heroines". BBC News. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Overview, Dora M. Batty (1878-1966)". The British Council. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Short Notices". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 11 November 1925. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 

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