Some Contemporary Artists of 'F S'

Fred Stone

       

There is a very important reason

Signed "F S"

H M & Co, London

"Start Off" Series 188

5 June 1905

I expect to be engaged

Signed "F S"

H M & Co, London

"Start Off" Series 188

 

       

Little Jack Horner, sat in a corner

Signed "F S"

The Wellington Series

G & P Limited

Logo

25 January 1905?

Alas My poor brother

Signed "F S"

The Nelson Series

G & P Limited

Logo

12 September 1906

A Fool and his money is soon Parted

The Nelson Series

G & P Limited

Logo

Unposted

It is ill to awaken Sleeping dogs

Signed "T Stone"

The Nelson Series

G & P Limited

Logo

Unposted

My Dear, Buy it

   

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F(red) Stone - Nelson Series

 

The "Nelson"  and "Wellington" series were published by Gale & Polden - and while most of their cards are of military subjects they also published a few comic cards, such as these cards by "F S" or "F Stone."

 

Wellington Series

Both Nelson & Wellington Series

 

The above cards were all posted in 1906/7 and are the only ones signed by him I have located by Gale & Polden.

   

Many Fred Stones were living in England at the time of the 1901 and 1911 census and I have not checked them all out, The only possible identity information (beyond some ebay sellers) is the from the Sussex Post Card Info web site:

Another publishing venture by Francis Gerald Harwood was a set of 6 colour-printed comic cards entitled "Pa's holiday in Brighton", which were printed in Saxony for the London View Co., apparently using chromo-lithography. The cards are labelled on the back "The London View Co. Ltd." or more commonly "Printed by the London View Co. Ltd. for F. G. Harwood & Co., Brighton". The artist, who initialled his pictures "F. S.", has been identified by Jonathan Dewhirst as Frederick Stone, who lived in Cheyne Walk in London and specialised in preparing comic illustrations. His pictures were notable for their use of flat planes of colour, and uncluttered design, reminiscent of poster work. No postmarks have been found on the Harwood comic cards, but the London View Co. was in existence from only 1905 to 1908. In addition to the Harwood cards the London firm produced at least two other comic cards showing "Pa" holidaying at Hastings, no doubt intended, as at Brighton, for distribution by a local retailer.

I am hoping to be able to find examples of the Hastings and Brighton cards.

I am not ruling out the possibility of "F Stone" and "F S" being the same person - or whether there were were two "F Stone." (a real possibility because of the commonness of the name).