David Gentleman (Biographical details)

David Gentleman (printmaker; British; Male; 1930)

Also known as

Gentleman, David


Printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist, designer and author. Born in London, the elder son of the artist, Tom Gentleman (1892-1966) (q.v.). Attended the St Albans Art School, 1947-8 and, following National Service, again in 1950. He studied under Edward Bawden and John Nash (q.q.v.) at the Royal College of Art, 1950-3, and was a tutor there for the following two years.
From 1955 he freelanced, illustrating and designing for many publishers and organisations. He designed postage stamps for Royal Mail and coins for the Royal Mint, and murals for Charing Cross tube station,1979. He also made many wood engravings, lithographs and screenprints; posters for London Transport, the National Trust and march placards for Stop the War Campaign (2003); logos and corporate identity for British Steel, logos for the National Trust, the Bodleian Library and publishers Duckworth and the Bodley Head.
He wrote and illustrated 'Design in Minature', 1972 and a series of books on his travels, including: 'David Gentleman's Britain', 1982. He has also illustrated books by many authors and designed book jackets and paperback covers for Faber and Penguin, including the New Penguin Shakespeare series, 1968-78.
Solo exhibitions include some 11 at the Mercury Gallery, 1979-2000; the Royal College of Art, 2002; and 5 exhibitions at the Fine Art Society in 2004-14. He was elected Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1970. His work is held in the Tate Gallery, the V&A Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the British Postal Museum and Archive, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, as well as in the British Museum and many private collections.


Montgomery: The wood engravings of David Gentleman', Esslemont, 2000
Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith: 'David Gentleman - Design' Antique Collectors' Club, 2009