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Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964)


Mabel Lucie Attwell, SWA (1879-1964)

Mabel Lucie Attwell developed her own imaginative, and often amusing, imagery through annuals and postcards. Then, as her popularity increased, she applied it to a wide range of products. She was a household name by the 1920s, by which time no home was complete without an Attwell plaque or money-box biscuit tin.

Mabel Lucie Attwell was born at 182 Mile End Road, London, on 4 June 1879, the sixth child of the butcher, Augustus Attwell, and his wife, Emily Ann (née Harris) . She was educated privately and at the Coopers’ Company Coborn School, in the Bow Road, where she showed an early talent for art. She funded her own studies at Heatherley’s and St Martin’s School of Art (1895-1900), and, while at the latter, met fellow student, Harold Earnshaw, who would become a painter and illustrator.

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