Elizabeth II Coronation Cover Art, 1953
Elizabeth II Coronation Cover Art, 1953
Elizabeth II Coronation Cover Art, 1953
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Elizabeth II Coronation Cover Art, 1953

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Overall: 61cm (24in) x 48cm (19in)

Provenance: Estate of Mary Millar Watt (1924-2023)

Gouache on panel. A bird’s-eye view of the royal standard flying over Buckingham Palace and looking down towards Victoria Memorial produced as a preparatory sketch for the 1953 coronation edition of The Sphere. Image: 46 x 32cm. Framed and glazed.

John Millar Watt (1895-1975) as a Scottish-born painter and illustrator. He was educated in London at the Sir John Cass Institute and apprenticed to an advertising agency before the First World War. In 1915 he enlisted in the Artists Rifles and was commissioned into the Essex Regiment.  After the war he studied briefly at the Slade and, returning to advertising work, supplemented his wages with cartoons for the Daily Chronicle and illustrations for The Sphere. In 1921 he created a long running comic strip for the Daily Sketch that was one of a few to be successfully syndicated in America. Watt also produced a number of strips for rivals D.C. Thomson but from 1949 onwards concentrated on lucrative advertising and illustration work for a range of popular publications.