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Anton (Beryl Antonia Botterill Yeoman) (1907-1970)

Beryl Antonia Botterill Yeoman (née Thompson) (1907-70)
Harold Underwood Thompson (1911-96)

The daughter of an English rancher, Antonia Thompson was born in Australia on 24 July 1907. Her brother, Harold was born, following the family’s return to England, in West Kirby, Cheshire on 9 April 1911. Though Antonia lost two fingers of her right hand in her early teens, she learned to write and draw with her left. She attended the Royal Academy Schools (1928-30), and also studied for a year under Steven Spurrier before working as a freelance commercial artist. Harold studied life drawing at Heatherley’s School of Art (1931-32), lettering at St Martin’s School (1934) and printing at Bolt Court and, like his sister, took lessons in illustration from Spurrier.

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