1948 - ?

Bill Philpot

William Frederick Philpot was born at Hackney, London in 1948, eldest son of William Louis Philpot (20 April 1912-2003) and his wife Winifred Edith née Major (29 March 1920-1981), who married at Shoreditch in 1947. After leaving school Bill pursued a successful career as a commercial artist, working in London on many of the British advertising industry’s major award-winning campaigns such as VW, Audi, Levis and Marlborough. Having been an admirer of the graphics and typography of the creative period of the nineteen-twenties and thirties, particularly the work of the great poster designers like Cassandre (Adolphe Jean Marie Mouron 1901-1968), Charles Loupot (1892-1962) and Geo Ham (George Hamel 1900-1972) in Europe, Frank Newbould (1887-1951) and Tom Purvis (1888-1959) in England. In the late 1980s Bill was commissioned by Christie's Auction House to produce a series of posters for sales of their classic cars in London and Monaco, including that of the Bugatti Royale which sold for the then record figure of £5,500,000. These posters, based on the graphic styles of the Art Deco period, have since become classics and are currently selling for quite considerable sums. Bill works from his studio at his home at Great Glemham, Saxmundham, Suffolk, where he lives with his wife Maureen (nee Fairman), and he has returned to this genre and produces racing and auto advertising posters that are comfortable in their period. He is sometimes noted as Philpott.

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