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Tom Purvis (1888-1959), Painter and poster artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Tom Purvis was a painter and commercial poster artist. Purvis was born in Bristol, the son of sailor and marine artist TG Purvis. He studied at Camberwell School of Art and worked for six years at the advertising firm of Mather and Crowther before becoming a freelance designer. From 1923 to 1945 Purvis worked for the London and North East Railway (LNER) as a poster designer. As well as his work for the LNER, Purvis also designed posters for the Gentlemen's' outfitters Austen Reed and for the 1932 British Industries Fair. In 1930 he joined the Society of Industrial Artists. He gave up poster design after the Second World War to paint portraits and religious pictures.

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Terence Rattigan

by Tom Purvis
pastel, 1940s
NPG 5558

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Terence Rattigan

by Tom Purvis
pencil, 1940s
NPG 5558a

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Pat Waugh

09 August 2015, 00:28

He lived in the Annexe of the Grosvenor Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, where a lot of his art-work was stored, it was also the private home of the then owner Mme Jane Bowtell (believed to be related to the Jays mineral company family) He was the step-father of Deborah Kerr the film artist.

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