Illustrations by Peter Till

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises 5 original ink and watercolour illustrations and 1 colour facsimile illustration which appeared in the Guardian accompanying Comment and Analysis articles from 2001-2002.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Till, a British illustrator, began contributing to the Guardian c1994.

Born in Manchester in 1945. He read English Literature at Cambridge University. Worked as a writer and performer for the small theatre group, The Flies, and also undertook supply teaching.

One of his drawings was bought by Oz magazine in 1969 and his work also appeared in Time Out, beginning his career in illustration.

Wrote and designed the animated film 'The Beard'. In 1979 he joined The Comedy Factory performing monologues. Also played guitar in the Rumba Brothers Band.

He has contributed illustrations to major publications both nationally and worldwide, including the Radio Times, the Times, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and to magazines in France, Holland, Germany, and Australia.

In 1991 the Royal Mail commissioned him to design postage stamps portraying eminent Englishmen such as Michael Faraday, the scientist.

Till won a Victoria and Albert Museum runner up award for editorial illustration in 2005.

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Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.