Alfred Leete

PUBLISHED: 13:58 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 04 April 2017

Alfred Leete.

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The Weston Mercury and Weston Town Council are giving you the chance to nominate which blue plaques will be installed in Weston-super-Mare first. Read these biographies and then cast your votes for your favourites.

Alfred Leete :: Artist

1882-1933

Leete’s work is known the world over as he was responsible for one truly iconic poster: Your Country Needs You.

Leete’s parents ran the Addington Hotel (now flats next to Rozel House) and young Alfred studied art at Kingsholme School in Arundell Road and then reputedly at the School of Science and Art, now part of UCW.

He moved to London where his skills at graphic design won commissions from magazines like Punch and Tatler.

Soon his Bovril, Guinness and London Underground posters were appearing everywhere.

During World War One, Alfred’s skills were put to use by military and government propagandists and his famous Lord Kitchener poster hit the magazine stalls on September 5, 1915.

Observation and a keen eye for design aided by a lampooning sense of humour have given the world many first-rate Leete cartoons, a fair number of which are in Weston Museum’s collection.

Though he died in London he lies buried in Milton Road Cemetery.

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