In Memoriam: Angus McBride
- László K.United States
Angus McBride the renowned Middle-earth (and Osprey Publishing) artist passed away on May 15, 2007.Recommend
"Born in London in 1931 of Highland parents, Angus McBride was orphaned as a child when his mother died when he was five and his father in World War Two when he was twelve. He was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He served his National Service in the Royal Fusiliers, and afterward got a job as an advertising artist. It was at this time that he learned the skill of artistry.
Because of Britain's poor economic state after World War II, McBride found it necessary to leave for South Africa. In Cape Town, he became a fairly well known and successful artist. However, he felt that he could not expand on his artistic plans in South Africa's small publishing industry. Consequently, in 1961, McBride moved back to England. He made his first works in educational magazines such as Look and Learn, World of Wonder and Bible Story. Finally in 1977, he began to work with Osprey Publishing's Men-at-Arms series.
As England's economy again suffered in the 1970s, McBride moved with his family back to Cape Town, and continued to work with British and American publishers. He continued to do realistic, historical illustrations for Osprey Publishing. In fantasy circles, McBride was well-known for his illustrations for Iron Crown Enterprises' game Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP)."
Thank you Angus for helping us all see Middle-earth a little clearer.
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