People

John Hassall, 1868-1948
Simple name : Person: artist
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/4921
Fullname : John Hassall
Biography : Born in Deal, Kent, John Hassall was educated in Devon and Heidelberg, Germany, followed by a stint of farming in Canada when he began contributing to The Graphic. Between 1891 and 1894 he studied in Antwerp, Belgium, then went to the Academie Julian in Paris. Back in England, he started illustrating children's books in the 1890s and became a successful advertising artist, cartoonist and poster designer, with `Skegness Is So Bracing' (1908) for the Great Northern Railway, one of his classics. An early member and later President of the London Sketch Club, he founded the New Art School (later the Hassall School of Art), which he ran for twenty years. (Green 1990)
Date of birth : 1868
Place of birth : Deal, Kent
Date of death : 1948
Role : Artist
Education :
  • Newton Abbot College
  • Neuenheim College, Heidelberg
  • Acadamie Julian, Paris
Employment :
  • Designed posters for the Underground Group : 1908-1913
Record completeness :
Record 57% complete

Related items

The front of the Museum

Visiting

COVID-19 update

London Transport Museum is closed. But for as long as we can we’ll bring you inspiring content and keep our education work going. Thank you for sticking with us!

Find out more

Bundle of products inspired by sporting posters

Shop

Fathers day gifting

From moquette socks to mugs and clothing inspired by Dad's favourite sports, we've got a great selection of Father's Day gifts at our shop! 

Shop now

3 posters with wartime transport workers

Collections

Object of the month

'Seeing it Through' was a series of posters commissioned in 1944 which commemorated the everyday acts of heroism by civilian workers during the Second World War.

Discover