John Lawrence biography
‘The Rowlandson of the twentieth-century engraving school…his wit and humour are essentially English.’ Dictionary of Twentieth Century Book Illustrators.

John Lawrence is a classic English illustrator and wood engraver, widely regarded as the most eminent of his generation. He studied at Hastings Art School and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he was introduced to wood engraving by Gertrude Hermes. John went on to teach at Brighton College of Art until 1968, and then at Camberwell School of Art for over thirty years. In 1990 he served as Master of The Artworkers' Guild.

Twice winner of The Francis Williams Award for illustration (sponsored by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London), and twice runner-up for the Kurt Emil - Maschler Award, he has illustrated a large number of books for both adults and children, including the best-selling Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Magic Apple Tree:a Country Year by Susan Hill and two books by Paul Theroux. More recently John has recently worked with Philip Pullman producing front cover artwork for the Dark Materials trilogy as well as all the illustrations for Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon A Time in the North. His own books include the much-loved Rabbit and Pork; Rhyming Talk.

Recently retired from lecturing at The Cambridge School of Art, MA Degree course in Illustration, John continues to work full time for Random House, Walker Books and The Folio Society. His artwork is included in collections all over the world, both private and public such as the Victoria and Albert in London, and The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

John is seen here signing books at the gallery for his recent edition of Treasure Island.