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From Tates of the Princesses Hamish Hamilton 1963

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FRITZ WEGNER

ILLUSTRATOR

 

 

 

Fritz Wegner was born in Vienna on 15th September 1924. His early life in a beautiful city was happy, but under the Nazies life became too dangerous for Jewish families, so in 1938 Fritz, aged 14, joined his father, who was luckily in London. The refugee committee, recognising his gift for drawing, arranged for him to join St. Martin's School of Art, which in those days took school age students. A lecturer at the school, George Mansell, an eminent designer of architectural lettering, invited Fritz to live with jim and his wife and also took him into his studio, where Fritz became skilled in lettering.

 

This led to book jacket commissions with publishers like Hamish Hamilton, designing jackets for authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers. as well as for J.D.Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, 1951.Fritz served on the land during the war and this led to some of the early drawings being published in farming magazines. He worked for a wide range of publishers in the UK and the USA, including Penguin and Walker Books, illustrating many children's books,and in recent years working extensively with Allan Ahlberg.

 

Other books include Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois and The Wicked Tricks of Tillowlyglass by Michael Rosen. His last book in 1999, was The Tale of the Turnip by Brian Alderson.He also designed a number of postage stamps, including one year the Christmas stamps. Fritz spent twenty five years teaching at St. Martin's School of Art.. He lived in an 1850s four-storey house in Highgate.

 

Until his eighties he used to work in his first floor studio all day and long into the night. He loved collecting and haunted markets and auctions,. He died on 15th March 2015 at his home.