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Harry Rountree (1878-1950)


Harry Rountree (1878-1950)

New Zealand born Harry Rountree settled in London in 1901, and developed a perfect style for illustration, of flat blocks of colour surrounded by thick outlines. Specialising in animal subjects, he illustrated many books, contributed widely to periodicals and designed posters.

The son of a banker, Harry Rountree was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He was educated at the city’s Queen’s College, and began work as a lithographer in a commercial studio, designing labels for jam jars and other products. In 1901, he migrated to London and studied under Percival Gaskell at the Regent Street Polytechnic. The style that he evolved there developed
fin-de-siècle elements for comic ends, and his use of blocks of flat colour surrounded by thick jagged lines was found to be equally suitable for small-scale illustrations and large posters.

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