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Ernest Aris FSZ SGA (1882-1963)


Ernest Aris, FSZ SGA (1882-1963)

Ernest Aris was born in Islington, London, on 22 April 1882, the son of a lithographic artist. During his childhood, his family moved to Bradford, and he first studied at the local Technical College and School of Art, gaining his diploma (1900) under the tutorship of Charles Stephenson. Later, he studied under Gerald Moira, among others, at the Royal College of Art.

Aris began his career as a portrait artist (in charcoal, wash and watercolour), and exhibited work at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours. However, he turned to publishing in the hope of establishing himself more quickly. During this period, he also worked as an art master at the International Correspondence School (1909-12).

Initially contributing to periodicals, Aris illustrated his first books in 1909, and soon developed into a prolific illustrator – and writer – for children.

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