Celebrating Peggy Angus

Peggy Angus Designer, Teacher, Painter by James Russell
Peggy Angus Designer, Teacher, Painter by James Russell

A rather lovely new book has just arrived on my desk celebrating the work of Peggy Angus. A highly talented designer, inspirational teacher and accomplished painter, Peggy Angus was a contemporary of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Enid Marx but although her work was celebrated at the time, her name is less well known today. Which is a shame because she was a key part of the visionary post war building programme and her Modernist, geometric tile and hand pressed wallpaper designs have a very contemporary resonance. James Russell’s richly illustrated monograph has been published (by the Antique Collectors’ Club) to coincide with an exhibition of Angus’ work at the Towner, Eastbourne.  I sense a welcome revival in the air.

Left: Carter's of Poole catalogue showcasing the designs of Peggy Angus, 1950s; right: Cover of Carter's Quarterly Bulletin, November 1951, featuring Peggy's tiles and showing the effect of repeating simple shapes.
Left: Carter’s of Poole catalogue showcasing the designs of Peggy Angus, 1950s; right: Cover of Carter’s Quarterly Bulletin, November 1951, featuring Peggy’s tiles and showing the effect of repeating simple shapes.

James Russell’s monograph, ‘Peggy Angus Designer, Teacher, Painter’ is available from The Antique Collectors’ Club, rrp £25. http://www.antiquecollectorsclub.com/uk?text=peggy+angus&price_min=&price_max=&publish_date_from=&publish_date_to=

‘Peggy Angus Designer, Teacher, Painter’ runs at the Towner Eastbourne from 12th July – 21st September. Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ. Contact +44 (0)1323 434670; http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/peggy-angus/

Tile mural, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, incorporating leeks and dragons, late 1950s
Tile mural, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, incorporating leeks and dragons, late 1950s

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