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Leonard Beaumont
Dates: British, 1891 - 1986
Biographical Account:

Leonard Beaumont was born on 1 September 1891 in Clarke Street, Sheffield. He was a very talented printmaker and major figure in commercial design.

 

Beaumont began working at the Sheffield Daily Telegraph at the age of 16 as a junior in the Arts Department, working with the paper until 1936. He worked alongside James Dowd (1883- 1953), Stanley Royle (1888- 1949) and William Ramsden Brealey (1889 – 1949). During this time he also attended evening classes at the Sheffield School of Art.

 

Beaumont soon developed a keen interest in printmaking particularly etching and lino-cuts. He taught himself the technique of etching through reading E.M. Lumsden’s book “The Art of Etching.” Not owning a printing press of his own, he used a press at a commercial engraver’s workshop.

 

Travelling frequently, Beaumont was inspired by the landscape, architecture and street life in Switzerland, Madeira and Tenerife. He created detailed etchings, never printing outdoors but relying on memory and imagination.

 

He also had a great interest for Lino-cut, his skill as a designer can be seen through this type of print making, using bold and simple forms influenced by the Vorticists and Cubists.

 

In 1950 Beaumont became Design Consultant for Sainsbury’s. Through this role he became to be an influential draughtsman and designer, creating the logo and packaging, still in evidence today.

 

Beaumont donated over 80 works in the 1980s to Sheffield, including, etchings, linocuts watercolours and drawings.

 

Beaumont died in 1986.

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