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Friday’s Library Snapshot … Rowley Atterbury

September 14, 2012

For the next few weeks in the entrance hall here at Special Collections; we have a little exhibition of works printed at the Westerham Press founded by Rowley Atterbury (1920-2011).  After the war Rowley joined Faber & Faber and learned design and printing.  In 1950 he began his own printing company in his family garage.
He began printing for the Mermaid Theatre, British Council and the Arts Council. It was not long before he had outgrown these premises and moved first to Biggin Hill in 1959. Where he experimented with colour printing and lithography. Then, in 1965 Westerham Press moved to a purpose built printing works.
As his company grew he was in a position to employ the best craftsmen; printers, artists and designers such as Charles Mozely, David Gentleman, Robert Harling, Ruri Maclean and Jan Tschihold, names that I have become familiar with while classifying books for the Printing Collection here in Special Collections, University of Reading.
The little exhibition is a joy and a taster of the work of Rowley Atterbury who ‘pioneered technology in computer typesetting and colour printing’ and earned an ‘international reputation for three decades in producing work of distinction’  (Printing World, January 30th 1985)

Book Jacket by Berthold Wolpe

Christmas card by Charles Mozley

Designed by Stuart Barrie

Book jacket by Lynton Lamb

A parade of Cotton Fashion 1954 by Roger Nicholson and to the right  a little red image Contempory Embroidery 1955.

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