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Zacron, born Richard Drew[1] (1943 - January 2012) was an English artist who designed the Led Zeppelin III album cover.[1][2]

Zacron was born in Sutton, Surrey in 1943.[3] He studied painting, drawing, design and etching at Studio 35 in Surbiton from 1957-1960 with Eric Clapton, and later at Kingston College of Art where he met Jimmy Page. He lectured at Leeds College of Art from 1967-1970.[3]

Zacron's innovation in graphic techniques laid the foundation for his creation of the Led Zeppelin III album cover in 1970.[3] This album cover is a small component of a vast and varied body of work spanning five decades, with much of his work having a close association to rock and roll.[4] He also designed the sleeve for Fancy's 1975 album Something To Remember.[1]

Zacron has been described as "multi-sided and multi-talented" with "a robust ethos of independence and bravery, a lifelong quest for knowledge".[4] He was a public advocate of artistic freedom and a notable financial contributor to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for terminally ill children, organised by Light and Sound at Abbey Road Studios.[3]

Zacron died in January 2012 from bowel cancer, but his death was not revealed publicly until August that year.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Led Zeppelin cover artist dies,, retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Norwich Fringe Festival". Norwich Evening News 24. September 30, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Zacron Information,, retrieved 6 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b Meredith Gunderson, Press Release, 20 November 2008, City Inn Hotels and Number Nine the Gallery, retrieved 6 February 2012.