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Dennis Flanders, Artist and Illustrator

Dennis Flanders (1915-1994) was born in Walthamstow and trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Primarily working as a freelance artist and illustrator in the tradition of Muirhead Bone, Henry Rushbury and Hanslip Fletcher, he has been described as ‘one of the greatest pencil and watercolour artists of the twentieth century’. He developed a great love of Yorkshire after being stationed in Ripon from 1941 during the Second World War. After demobilization he worked for a period for the ‘Yorkshire Post’ and as a graphic illustrator for the ‘Illustrated London News’ for which he produced drawings of damage from the Blitz. He published two collections of his work, ‘Britannia’ (1984) and ‘Watercolours of Academe’ (1994).