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Stanley Roy Badmin
Date: British artist, 1906–1989
Biography: Stanley Roy Badmin (1906–1989) was an English painter and etcher best known for his book illustrations and landscapes. Badmin was born in Sydenham in 1906, and went on to study at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art, London. He was one of the youngest ever associate members of the Royal Watercolour Society at the age of only 26. He taught at a number of art schools in London, teaching at the Central School of Art in the 1950s. During World War II Badmin worked for the UK's Ministry of Information, before joining the RAF.

Badmin worked primarily in watercolour and was particularly inspired by the English rural landscape. His work shows strong affinities with contemporary neo-romantic artists such as Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Eric Ravilious. He is best known, however, through his book illustration and advertising work, also largely based on English landscape subjects.

During the 1930s, Badmin began to receive commissions for magazine illustration; he produced his first book illustrations in 1937 ("Highways and Byways of Essex" by Clifford Bax, with further illustrations by F. L. Griggs). Some of Badmin's most well-known work was commissioned by Shell; he worked on advertising art and book illustration for the popular Shell Guides series during the 1950s. His style also became familiar to the British travelling public through his work for London Transport and a series of posters for British Railways, among other clients.

Badmin usually signed his work "S. R. Badmin", and is most widely known as such.