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London Life in CR June

Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 1 May 2009, 14:26    Permalink    Comments (5)

Tony Bennett illustrated by a young Ian Dury for London Life, 1965

After David Hillman's recent D&AD President's Lecture, the main topic of conversation was not Nova or The Guardian, but a magazine that lasted just 18 months and went out of business over 40 years ago. London Life was put together by a dream team of the top editorial talent of the day including Duffy, Terence Donovan, Gerald Scarfe, David Puttnam as managing editor and a young jobbing illustrator called Ian Dury (yes, that one). CR's next Monograph will feature 16 spreads and covers from this rare magazine

Monograph is our free publication for subscribers. Each month it features a collection of inspiring work or personal project. In the June issue, Monograph will be dedicated to London Life (there will also be a feature on the magazine in the issue).

Another Dury illustration

Vidal Sassoon and Emanuel Ungaro, shot by Duffy, 1965

If you'd like to make sure to get a free copy of the London Life Monograph, please call our subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or click here

CR Monograph - it's free you know...


That certainly looks very nice, it does.
Nathan David Smith
2009-05-03 13:35:08

another reason to be cheerful....

the pig faced lady
2009-05-04 23:32:56

If anybody is interested in seeing more of London Life, or licensing images from the magazine, Mary Evans Picture Library houses and manages the Illustrated London News archive, of which London Life is one of its publications. We have the complete run (even if it was only short-lived) and it's a fascinating read!
Visit or call 020 8318 0034 to find out more.
Luci Gosling
2010-03-30 10:38:12

I never knew Ian Dury was such a brilliant illustrator. He was doing back then, by hand, what a lot of people are doing now and thinking its a fresh new style. Amazing stuff. Smash the computers!
tim Spencer
2010-03-30 12:34:26

Ian Dury - at least once mis-credited as 'Drury' - did the odd illustrating job in the Sunday Times colour supp in the mid-sixties. Mark Boxer, fellow RCA alumnus, worked on this as well as London Life.
Adam Smith
2011-04-01 14:01:58

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