Lamb, Lynton Harold

Artist and designer, born on 15 April 1907 in Hyderabad. His father the Rev. Frederick Lamb (1871-1923; e.m. 1893) was serving as a WM missionary there. He was educated at Kingswood School, but with the death of his father he had to leave and worked for a year for a Bromley estate agent. He then went to art college with financial support from the Francis Dodd Trust. After training at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, he joined Oxford University Press as a designer, especially of the bindings of prayer books and Bibles, notably the Coronation Bible in 1953. He was responsible for the format of the Oxford Illustrated Trollopes and illustrated over 60 books, especially for the World Classics series. he belonged to the London Group and was one of those invited to contribute a painting for the Festival of Britain Exhibition in 1951. In 1950 he became Head of lithography at the Slade School. He became a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in 1948 and was the Society's President in 1951-53. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1953. .In 1969 he turned to fiction and published a detective story called Death of a Dissenter.

He married a daughter of the manse, but later in life became an Anglican. Following a series of strokes in 1974, he died at Sandon, Essex on 4 September 1977.

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