Artists' and illustrators' signatures

Many of the most famous artists and illustrators have worked for magazines, from the Pre-Raphaelites to Tracey Emin. However, identifying their signatures and monograms can be tricky. This page shows magnified scans from magazines.

S Abbey

S Abbey signature

S Abbey's signature from a 1914 copy of Kitchener's Army, a wartime part work.

Albert Bailey

Albert Bailey's signature

Albert Bailey's partial signature from a 1924 copy of 20 Story magazine.

Bruce Bairnsfather

Bruce Bairnsfather signature

Bruce Bairnsfather's signature with a picture of Old Bill, his most famous creation, on the titlepiece of Bystander from 1918.

Margaret Banks

Margaret Banks signature

Margaret Banks signature from a 1938 Home Chat magazine cover.

William Barribal

William Barribal signature

William Henry Barribal was famous for his depictions of beautiful women. This signature is from a 1924 copy of Home magazine.

Lewis Baumer

Lewis Baumer signature

Lewis Baumer signature on an advert for Abdullah cigarettes from the back cover of a 1922 copy of Punch magazine.

Harold Beards

Harold Beards signature

Harold Beards signature from a 1941 copy of Blighty magazine.

Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton signature

Cecil Beaton signature on a 1962 sketch for a costume design for the film My Fair Lady.

Dorothy Belasco

Dorothy Belasco signature

Dorothy Belasco signature from a 1919 copy of New Illustrated magazine.

Hilda Cowham

Hilda Cowham signature

Hilda Cowham's signature in an 1898 copy of Pick-Me-Up magazine. She was married to another artist, Edgar Lander

Crow

Crow signature

Monogram from an 1898 copy of Pick-Me-Up magazine.

CUPE

CUPE signature

Unknown CUPE monogram from a 1909 copy of The Idler magazine.

Cecil W Bacon (CWB)

Cecil Bacon CWB signature

Cecil Bacon monogram from a 1954 copy of Radio Times.

Frank Dadd

Frank dadd signature

Frank Dadd monogram from an Abdullah cigarettes advert in a 1916 copy of Blighty.

Charles Lamb Davidson

Charles Davidson's signature

Glasgow artist Charles Lamb Davidson's signature from a 1931 copy of the Red Poppy magazine. He did cartoons for the Glasgow Evening Times.

JH Dowd

JH Dowd signature

James H Dowd monogram from the titlepiece of a 1916 copy of Bystander.

RD - Richard Doyle

RD Richard Doyle signature

Richard Doyle monogram from the cover of an 1893 copy of Punch.

EAO

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EAO - EA Overnell - monogram from the cover of a 1959 copy of the Post Office magazine.

East

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East - unknown monogram from the cover of a 1928 copy of Health and Efficiency.

Howard Elcock

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Howard Elcock monogram from the cover of a 1929 copy of Looker On.

Treyer Evans

Treyer Evans signature

Treyer Evans monogram from the cover of a 1928 copy of London Opinion.

Fairbairn

Fairbairn signature

Unknown - Fairbairn monogram from the cover of a 1937 copy of Cavalcade.

E Fenn

E Fenn signature

E Fenn monogram from the cover of a 1941 copy of The Leader.

Arthur Ferrier

Arthur Ferrier signature

Logo for Arthur Ferrier's Funfare cartoon from a 1958 copy of Blighty.

Flappet

Flappet signature

Unknown - Flappet monogram from a 1911 copy of Photo Bits.

John Flett

John Flett signature

John Flett monogram from the cover of a 1988 copy of Marie Claire.

Fougasse - Kenneth Cyril Bird

Fougasse signature

Fougasse - Kenneth Cyril Bird - took his nom de crayon from a type of French landmine. This signature is from a 1939 copy of Punch.

Eric Fraser

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Eric Fraser monogram from the cover of a 1962 copy of Radio Times.

Harry Furniss

Harry Furniss signature

Harry Furniss monogram from the Pears' soap advert in a 1910 copy of TP's Magazine.

Edgar Lander

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Illustrator Edgar Lander's signature from a 1919 copy of New Illustrated magazine. Lander also did work for Harmsworth's Boys' Friend comic and Royal. He was married to another artist, Hilda Cowham.

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An earlier Lander signature, from a 1905 copy of The Penny Magazine.

Alfred Leete

Alfred Leete signature

Early Alfred Leete signature from a 1909 postcard.

Alfred Leete signature

Alfred Leete signature from a 1926 copy of London Opinion.

F Lingstrom

F Lingstrom signature

F Lingstrom signature from the cover of a 1940 cover of Gramophone.

Douglas Mackenzie

Douglas Mackenzie signature

Douglas Mackenzie signature from the cover of a 1904 cover of The Penny Magazine.

Mackinlay

Mackinlay signature

Mackinlay signature from the cover of a 1943 copy of Girl's Own.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney signature

Paul McCartney signature from the cover of a 1967 copy of Beatwave.

AF Merritt

AF Merritt signature

AF Merritt signature from an advert in a 1923 copy of Modern Advertising.

Nellie Miller

Nellie Miller signature

Nellie Miller signature from a 1913 cover of Mother and Home.

Albert Morrow

Albert Morrow signature

Albert Morrow signature from a 1924 copy of The New magazine.

LF Muckle

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LF Muckle - Louis Fairfax Muckle - signature from the cover of an 1899 copy of Harmsworth magazine.

Harold Nelson

Harold Nelson signature

Harold Nelson signature from the cover of a 1905 copy of The Penny Magazine.

CRW Nevinson

CRW Nevinson signature

CRW Nevinson - Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson - signature from the cover of a 1937 copy of Radio Times.

Ernest Noble

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Ernest Noble signature from the cover of a 1915 copy of Kitchener's Army partwork.

EA Overnell

EA Overnell signature

EA Overnell signature from the cover of a 1914 copy of The Quiver.

Will Owen

Will Owen signature

Will Owen signature from a 1927 copy of London Opinion.

Bernard Partridge

Bernard Partridge signature

Bernard Partridge signature from a 1922 copy of Punch.

Joseph Pennell

Joseph Pennell signature

Joseph Pennell signature from the first issue of Architectural Review in 1896.

Bertram Prance

Bertram Prance signature

Bertram Prance signature from the cover of a 1926 copy of London Opinion.

Bradshaw Prandell

Bradshaw Prandell signature

Bradshaw Prandell signature from the cover of a 1938 copy of Nash's.

Tom Purvis

Tom Purvis signature

Tom Purvis signature from the cover of a 1910 copy of The London.

Tom Purvis signature

Tom Purvis signature from a cover of The London in 1929.

Sam Rabin

Sam Rabin signature

Sam Rabin signature from a 1948 Lilliput.

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Reversed Sam Rabin signature, as printed, from the 1948 Lilliput.

Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham signature

Arthur Rackham signature from the cover of a 1904 copy of The Penny Magazine.

Reinganum

Reinganum signature

Reinganum signature from the cover of a 1956 copy of Radio Times.

Hans Reitz

Hans Reitz signature

Hans Reitz signature from an 1898 copy of Pick-Me-Up.

RMN

RMN signature

RMN signature from the cover of a 1908 copy of Bookman.

Harry Hudson Rodmell

Harry Hudson Rodmell signature

Harry Hudson Rodmell's signature from a 1919 copy of New Illustrated magazine. Rodmell specialised in maritime paintings after serving during WWI with the Royal Engineers.

Lilian Rowles

Lilian Rowles signature

Lilian Rowles signature from a 1924 Wright's Coal Tar soap advert in Eve.

Linley Sambourne

Linley Sambourne signature

Linley Sambourne signature from the cover of an 1897 copy of The Englishwoman.

Robert Sauber

Robert Sauber signature

Robert Sauber signature from the cover of a 1905 copy of Woman's Life.

Norah Schlegel

Norah Schlegel signature

Norah Schlegel signature from the cover of a 1914 copy of Quiver.

Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle signature

Ronald Searle signature from the cover of a 1956 copy of Punch.

EH Shepard

Ernest Howard Shepard signature

Ernest Howard Shepard signature from a 1928 colour plate in Home Chat.

GS Sherwood

GS Sherwood signature

GS Sherwood signature on the cover of a 1932 copy of London Opinion.

Leonard Shields

Leonard Shields signature

Leonard Shields signature on the cover of a 1919 copy of New Illustrated.

Edward Frederick Skinner

EF Skinner's signature on the War Illustrated illustration (8 February 1919)

Edward Frederick Skinner's signature from War Illustrated magazine in 1919.

John Swain

John Swain's signature in 1888

John Swain's signature from a 1888 copy of Mother's Friend magazine.

Walter Trier

Walter Trier signature

Walter Trier signature from the cover of a 1941 copy of Lilliput.

Bert Thomas

Bert Thomas's signature from the Humorist, 25 December 1939

Bert Thomas's signature from the Humorist magazine in 1939. Thomas produced one of the most famous images of the First World War - the Tommy lighting a pipe with the caption 'Arf a Mo', Kaiser!, which first appeared in the Weekly Dispatch in 1914.

MB Tompkins

MB Tompkins signature

MB Tompkins signature from Blighty magazine cover in 1958.

Trog - Willy Fawkes

Trog - Willy Fawkes signature

Trog - Willy Fawkes - signature from the cover of a 1975 copy of Punch.

Victoria - Ulla Davidson

Victoria Ulla Davidson signature

Victoria - Ulla Davidson - signature from a 1948 Lilliput.

Louis Wain

Louis Wain signature

Louis Wain signature from an 1898 copy of Pick-Me-Up.

EJ Waters

EJ Waters signature

EJ Waters signature on a 1908 copy of the Boy's Own Paper.

Arthur Watts

Arthur Watts signature

Arthur Watts signature on a 1928 Players advert in London Opinion.

WDS

WDS signature

WDS signature from a 1915 wartime gas advert in the Financial Times.

Gilbert Wilkinson

Gilbert Wilkinson signature

Gilbert Wilkinson signature on a 1925 London Mail cover.

Gilbert Wilkinson signature

Gilbert Wilkinson signature from Illustrated in 1939.

Wilton Williams

Wilton Williams signature

Wilton Williams signature from the cover of a 1924 copy of Royal magazine.

Wilton Williams signature

Wilton Williams on a 1932 London Opinion cover.

Edgar Wilson

Edgar Wilson signature

Edgar Wilson signature from the cover of an 1899 copy of Home Chat.

Edgar Wilson signature

Earlier Edgar Wilson signature from an 1893 cover of The Butterfly.

Yates Wilson

Yates Wilson signature

Yates Wilson signature from the cover of a 1946 copy of John Bull.

Lawson Wood

Lawson Wood signature

Lawson Wood signature from the cover of a 1903 copy of The Penny Magazine.

Lawson Wood signature

Lawson Wood signature from the cover of a 1904 copy of The Penny Magazine.

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Lawson Wood signature from the cover of a 1930 copy of Little Folks. This monogram style was established by 1913.

Harry Woolley

Harry Woolley signature

Harry Woolley signature from the cover of a 1920 copy of New Illustrated.

Hermann Zapf

Hermann Zapf signature

Hermann Zapf signature from the cover of a 1995 copy of the RSA Journal.