Artist deserves place in the sun

1st June 2001 at 01:00
Skegness has been bracing for much more than half a century ("Wild is the wind", School Manager, TES, May 18).

You feature the famous image of the jolly fisherman - describing it as "a 1950s tourism poster". This was first painted by John Hassall (1868-1948) for Great Northern Railway publicity in 1908; he received the princely sum of pound;12.

Far ahead of its time in both tyle and content, the poster (left) was adapted and re-used over the years by Frank Newbould and others: one development has a child dragging the fisherman along the beach by his scarf.

Your illustration, however, is the original 1908 version, complete with Hassall's signature. Credit where credit is due.

Michael J Smith

13 Hulland View, Allestree, Derby

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