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Roy Gerrard (1935-1997)

Roy Gerrard (1935-1997)

Roy Gerrard was best known for his delightful picture books, which ‘charmed children with ... bouncy rhymes and thumb-shaped characters acting out their adventures – and misadventures – in sumptuous period settings’ (Wolfgang Saxon, The New York Times, 13 August 1997, ‘Obituary’).

The son of a coal miner, Roy Gerrard was born in Atherton, Lancashire, on 25 January 1935. His artistic talent was recognised at an early age and, in 1948, at the age of 13, he won a scholarship to train at Salford School of Art. Focusing on etching and lithography, among other subjects, he received a National Diploma in Art and Design in 1954. While working as an abstract oil painter in his spare time, he taught Art at Egerton Park County Secondary School, in Denton, rising to become head of the department.

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