Artist: Barbara Jones (1912-1978)
Title and date: The Fairground, 1946 (printed and published)
Size of picture: 49.5 x 76 cm
Description: lithograph on paper from the School Prints series, signed in the print, a range
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Born in Croydon, she attended Croydon School of Art before studying Mural Decoration at the Royal College of Art. During the Second World War, she was associated with the Pilgrim Trust’s Recording Britain project, Jones created murals for the 1946 Britain Can Make It exhibition, the 1947 Enterprise Scotland exhibition, and in 1951, she organised Black Eyes and Lemonade, a Festival of Britain-related exhibition of popular and traditional art at the Whitechapel Gallery. She also worked for P&O, creating murals for several passenger linership as well as for hotels, restaurants, exhibitions and schools. Jones also worked on the children’s television series The Woodentops.
Jones was a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists (SIA), editing the society’s journal from 1951-1953 and was also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the Society of Authors. She belonged to the group of Royal College of Art artists and illustrators who became much better known, and her contemporaries included John Piper, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and Edward Ardizzone.