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Arnold Roth (born 1929)

Arnold Roth (Born 1929)

‘Arnold Roth is surely the most imaginative and humorous graphic of this day or any other day. Even Max Beerbohm at his best would have to take a back seat.’ (George Plimpton, Paris Review)

Arnold Roth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 25 February 1929. One of six children, he was encouraged to draw from an early age and at the age of seven, began attending art classes at the Graphic Sketch, a philanthropic school where children could learn from some of the city’s finest artists. He studied art under Frederick Gill at Central High School in Philadelphia, where he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now The University of the Arts). He began his studies in 1946, but was expelled in his second year, as by his own admission, his laid back approach to time keeping and his frequent cigarette breaks clashed with the strict nature of the school.

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