The Ballet - Charles Mozley

Mozley studied at Sheffheld School of Arts and Crafts before getting a scholarship to the RCA in I934. He was a freelance artist for most of his working life - making posters, advertising and public-relations materials. He was perhaps best known as a book-jacket designer and illustrator for British and American publishers (some 40 books and 200 jackets). Mozley enjoyed working with printers and had a good knowledge of graphic reproduction. He was perhaps at his best with auto-lithography, making his own separations by eye. He had a rather flamboyant, lively personality and much of this energy comes out in his work. In The Ballet, with only two central figures he seems to have caught some dramatic moment, with a sketched audience and chorus to give it context. Full image