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Thomas Blakeley Mackenzie (1888-1944)


Thomas Blakeley Mackenzie (1888-1944)

Thomas Mackenzie was one of the last of the major illustrators of gift books, those beautifully produced editions of classic tales of wonder. He knowingly absorbed the influences of such major predecessors as Aubrey Beardsley, Kay Nielsen and Harry Clarke in order to create his own style. Skilled as a printmaker as well as a draughtsman and watercolourist, he made use of linocut and etching in responding to some of his later commissions.

Thomas Mackenzie was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, the elder son of the wool combing overlooker, James Bates Mackenzie, and his wife, Nellie (née Blakeley). At the time of his birth, the family was living at 3 Upper Pollard Street, Bowling. He was educated at a local board school, and then probably at Belle Vue Secondary School (Boys).

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