Kerry Lee (1903-1988)

Norwich poster for British Rail c.1950


Lithographic poster

Printed by Waterlow & Sons Limited, London and Dunstable

Well known as a creator of pictorial maps of British cities from the mid 20th century, he generally draws a self-portrait in the bottom corner by his signature – as here, where he is seen writing his own name. Educated at Reading Schools of Arts and Science, the Slade and the Sorbonne in Paris, he subsequently assisted his step-father, an architect named Mr Harvey, as draftsman. Following the Depression Lee set up ‘Associated Artists’ at Blandford Studios off Baker Street, with a group of other commercial artists.

During World War 2 he was based in Hertfordshire creating detailed cut-away drawings of German aircraft, and after the war – still at Blandford Studios – published a series of pictorial maps, both those for British Rail and also his own publications.