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Edmund Blampied

Drawing by Edmund Blampied The Sphere 26 November 1917

‘It was like this, mother’; Illustration ‘Christmas Leave’ by Blampied, 1917

Perhaps Jersey’s most famous artist, Blampied, the son of a French-speaking farmer, showed a talent for drawing from an early age. Speaking the bare minimum of English, he left Jersey in 1903 to attend Lambeth School of Art and then found work making topical pen and ink sketches for The Daily Chronicle.

A gold medal at the 1925 Paris Exposition for his lithography led to further commissions and Blampied, who often signed his work “Blam” became a prolific illustrator of both magazines and books.

During the First World War, most of Blampied’s work for The Sketch, The Bystander and The Tatler depicted home-front scenes, typically of women, either nursing, taking on wartime jobs or at home waiting for news of loved ones.

He is well known for his scenes of rural Jersey but his work for the ILN magazines focused on people, from jovial working class families to gorgeous watercolours of glamorous society around the globe in The Bystander.