Monday, 14 March 2016

Philip Youngman Carter - Artist Writer

Hello ... I am pleased to be blogging again as I have been re-invigorated by some recent purchases !!

The first of which are these delightful little original prints discovered in a local "thrift" store (to use an Americanism). They were mounted and framed together in a long typical 1930's over mounted style. Sadly the frame and mount were not presentable and they didn't have any gallery labels or annotations.

Wood Engraving - Signed - P Youngman-Carter

A super little wood engraving signed P Youngman Carter - my immediate impression was to think of George Soper, who works almost always features working horses..... and it was mounted together with this etching of a townscape, view across a smokey roofs. If you had to do a "blind test", then I think everyone would assume that they were by different artist.... but no, again signed Youngman Carter.


Different subjects and very different styles, the wood engraving is very much the art deco style of the 1930's, whilst the townscape has a very contemporary style. 

A new name to me ... but a quick google and there he is ... but not so much known for his art but for is association with the fictional detective, Albert Campion as ... Philip "Pip" Youngman Carter was an married to the writer Margery Allingham, the creator of the Albert Campion detective novels. He created many of the cover illustrations for his wife's books and even continued to write Campion novels after her death... clever chap!

He was born in Watford in 1904 and studied art at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. Whilst still a student he produced drawings for The Daily Herald. I found some reference to him as "an etcher" and record that he exhibiting 4 works at the Royal Academy.

... this was the first post for a long time, so I apologise if this feels a little "thin" and under researched. If you need more info on Pip, then try where you can find pictures of him and his works. 

.... and both of these are for sale at (as of time of post)