James Boswell

James Boswell (1906 – 1971)

James Boswell was a graphic artist, illustrator, lithographer and painter. Born in New Zealand, where he studied at the Elam School of Art in 1924, he moved to England, and between 1925 and 1929 attended the Royal College of Art. Between 1927 and 1932 he exhibited at various London galleries, at the Senefelder Club and with the London Group.

In 1932 he gave up painting and joined the Communist Party, concentrating on graphic work. From 1933 to 1939 he produced lithographs with James Fitton and between 1936 and 1941, and again between 1945 and 1947 he was Art Director for the Shell Petroleum Company. During the war he served with the RAMC and in 1951 he was commissioned to produce a mural for the Festival of Britain. He resumed painting in the 1940s, exhibiting in London galleries, at the RA from 1945-60, at the London Group and the Paris Salon. Boswell’s work continued to be exhibited after his death and Sally Hunter and Patrick Searle Finme Art staged an exhibition of his pictures in 1986. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery.

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