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Will Owen

(1869-1957)

Will-Owens_artBorn in Malta, the son of an engineer in the Royal Navy, Will Owen was first educated at the Mathematical School in Rochester and then studied at Lambeth School of Art.

His style, with its thick, bold outlines, was similar to that of fellow illustrators Tom Browne and John Hassall, and his full-page illustrations for The Sketch and The Bystander were highly popular.  Before taking up illustration full time, he worked at the Post Office Savings Bank where he met W. W. Jacobs, with whom he would collaborate, illustrating Jacobs’ books and his short stories in The Strand magazine. A fine poster artist, Will Owen’s most memorable creations are the “Bisto Kids”.