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Eyles, Derek Charles (English)

1902 - 1974

Hambleton, nr. Henley-on-Thames, signed/inscribed by the artist on cover sheet,
9" x 14" unframed.

About the Paintings: Very good condition; never framed. Probably submitted as a book illustration.

About the Artist: Derek Eyles was born in North Finchley, London. His brother, Geoffrey, was also an artist. Both brothers were illustrators, but Derek achieved the greater recognition - being the Amalgamated Press' number one horse artist (all new artists were given his work to help them learn to "do horses properly") . He worked for Knockout from issue number one, having previously been working on Wild West Weekly, producing some of that paper's superb full-colour cover paintings as well as many of the interior illustrations.

Eyles' first strip work was for Knockout in 1947: a Western serial, The Phantom Sheriff (a strip featuring the same character appeared in the Knockout Fun Book for 1949 and is one of his best pieces of work). This was followed, in 1948, by his masterly Dick Turpin's Ride To York and then by a complete Western story, Buffalo Bill's Close Call, in January 1949. His Kit Carson strips for the early issues of Cowboy Comics Library rank with the very best examples of the genre and his wonderful Western plates graced many of the A.P. annuals throughout the 1950s, including Comet. As well as contributing to a myriad of comics and annuals, Derek Eyles was a prolific book illustrator working for many publishers, painting covers and illustrations for a wide range of subjects.

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