Rufus Segar

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Rufus Segar
Born(1932-08-28)28 August 1932
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Died7 May 2015(2015-05-07) (aged 82)
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic designer
Notable workAnarchy (1961–1970)
SpouseSheila Bullard

Rufus Segar (28 August 1932 – 7 May 2015) was a British anarchist, illustrator, and graphic designer best known for his designs of Anarchy magazine throughout the 1960s.[1][2][3]

Segar was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and attended Rhyl Grammar School and St Asaph Grammar School. While studying at Liverpool College of Art Segar became involved with the Liverpool Anarchist Group. Upon graduating in 1953 Segar moved to London and began working in advertising for Horatio Myer & Co. Ltd, then SH Benson.[1]

In 1955 he was imprisoned for three months for refusing to perform national service.[2] For 30 years, Segar worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Economist Intelligence Unit in London.[2] He also worked freelance illustrating books.

From 1961 to 1970 Segar designed and illustrated the monthly Anarchy magazine, edited by Colin Ward and published by Freedom Press. Ward gave Segar significant freedom in his design of each issue, though working to a tight deadline. Segar ceased designing Anarchy shortly after Ward ceased being editor.[1]

Segar retired to Saltwood in Kent, followed by Pershore in Worcestershire, though he continued illustrating books. He died on 7 May 2015 at the age of 82.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Signal 01: A Journal of International Political Graphics. Alec Dunn, Josh MacPhee. Oakland, Calif.: PM Press. 2010. pp. 121–141. ISBN 978-1-60486-314-7. OCLC 732955750.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c Segar, Rupert (19 May 2015). "Rufus Segar obituary". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Lydia (14 May 2015). "Popular Pershore illustrator dies aged 82". Stourbridge News. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.

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