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About David Gentleman - British Painter

Updated on September 22, 2015
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

An Introduction to David Gentleman

This site is about David Gentleman the artist and illustrator. He's best known for his watercolour paintings and the stamps which he has designed for the Royal Mail

This site provides links to information about the artist and books of his paintings

Note that works by this artist are not in the public domain. David Gentleman is alive and all his work is protected by international copyright laws until at least 70 years after his death.

Articles about David Gentleman

David Gentleman is a painter and printmaker, working in many mediums. He has:

  • designed postage stamps and coins,
  • designed the platform-length mural at Charing Cross on the underground.
  • illustrated books for publishers in London and New York,
  • made lithographs of landscape and architecture and
  • exhibited many watercolours from his travels around the world.

He was born in 1930 in London, educated at Hertford Grammar School and the Royal College of Art where he was tutored by some of the finest artists of the time, including Edward Bawden and John Nash.

Between 1962 and 2000 Gentleman designed 103 stamps for the Post Office, making him the most prolific and acclaimed stamp designer in Britain.

He still lives and works in London and has his studio at the top of an early Victorian house in Camden Town in-between Camden Lock, Regent's Park and Primrose Hill.

Note that works by this artist are not in the public domain. David Gentleman is alive and all his work is protected by international copyright laws until at least 70 years after his death.

David Gentleman's Britain

When I was younger I used to be very interested in the topographical drawings which David Gentleman did of various places. I think he probably influenced what I do today with my own sketchbook and the blog which documents them.

As he gets older he's limiting his new books to places in Britain

In The Country

This is a book about the the area around Gentleman's cottage in Suffolk. It's a guide book - through his drawings, sketches and words - to the places he has loved to visit over the years.

Definitely one for all fans of Suffolk as well as fans of Gentleman's drawings and watercolour paintings

London, You're Beautiful An Artist's Year

David Gentleman has produced a book in which he illustrates a year in the life of London - on a month by month basis. He comments on what he uses to sketch and his approach to individual sketches.

Paperback published (UK) : May 2012

London You're Beautiful
London You're Beautiful

Rated: 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)Paperback: 400 pagesPublisher: Particular Books (May 1, 2012)

David Gentleman's London (Phoenix Illustrated)
David Gentleman's London (Phoenix Illustrated)

David Gentleman's London includes the traditional sights plus its many parks and heaths and the villages and towns with London. All this illustrations are accompanies by his commentary on the different places


BOOKS: David Gentleman's Places Overseas

Over the years David Gentleman has been the author and illustrator of very many books about different places.

Most of his books are now out of print - however you can still find them on Amazon being sold by used booksellers.

David Gentleman's Paris
David Gentleman's Paris

David Gentleman draws the beautiful city of Paris in pen and ink and watercolour. He captures the essence of Paris with its lively cafes, leafy boulevards, Metro, Luxembourg Gardens, and splendid seventeenth-century buildings and courtyard of the Marais and the Faubourg St. Germain

David Gentleman's India
David Gentleman's India

David Gentleman applies his traditional approach to drawing and painting to places within India


David Gentleman's Stamps

David Gentleman designed his first stamps for Royal Mail in 1962 (for National Productivity Year). Since then he has been the most prolific and acclaimed stamp designer in Britain, with 103 issued stamps to his name.

His contribution to pictorial stamp design during the 1960s is described by Douglas Muir, Curator of Philately at the BPMA as “supremely important”.

David Gentleman's Prints

David Gentleman Prints have a tendency to sell out as fast as they become available. Below are listed places with prints for sale.

BOOKS: Design and Artwork by David Gentleman

David Gentleman, Design (Design (Antique Collector's Club))
David Gentleman, Design (Design (Antique Collector's Club))

This beautifully designed book provides an introduction to one of Britain's most eminent designer-artists; David Gentleman. It includes his early wood engravings, stamp designs, book and magazine covers and illustrations, posters, including his war protest and National Trust posters, the 100-metre long Charing Cross Station mural and more.


The lives of most people in Britain, whether they realise it or not, have been touched by the work of David Gentleman. From his many stamp designs, in which he radically transformed the way the Queen appears, to his timeless logos for corporations such as British Steel and the famous Eleanor of Castile murals at Charing Cross underground station, David Gentleman's graphic works have both shaped and given voice to the changing design climate of five decades.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes, but why is it so difficult to find out where I can buy a print?