Althea Willoughby

Althea Willoughby (1904–1982[1]) was a British artist. She worked as a book and magazine illustrator, painted decorative tiles and made wood engravings.[1]

Althea Willoughby
Born1904 (1904)
Died1982 (aged 7778)
Other namesAlthea Wolton
Alma materRoyal College of Art


Willoughby was born in London.[2] Her mother, Vera Willoughby was also a professional illustrator[1] and her father was the actor Lewis Willoughby.[2]

Willoughby was educated at the Royal College of Art during the 1920s.[2] Her work was exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in 1930 and at the The British Art in India exhibition of 1935.[1]

Willoughby designed the woodcut frontispiece for Alexander Somerton's The Glades of Glenbella (1929)[3] and illustrated three volumes of Faber and Faber's Ariel Poems: James Stephens' The Outcast (1929), D. H. Lawrence's The Triumph of the Machine (1930), and Henry Newbolt's A Child is Born (1931) She designed posters for London Transport,[1] including Chrysanthemums in London's Parks (1933),[4][5] and for the Southern Railway.[6] She also designed patterned papers for the Curwen Press.[7][8]

After marriage, Willoughby was known as Althea Wolton.[9]

Her work is in collections including the Olga Hirsch Collection of Decorated Papers at the British Library, [10] and that of the Victoria and Albert Museum.[8]


  1. "Althea Willoughby, 1904–1982". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. David Buckman (2006). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 2, M to Z. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0 953260 95 X.
  3. "Althea Willoughby, English artist. Two Autograph Letters..." Richard Ford Manuscipts. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. "Chrysanthemums in London's parks, by Althea Willoughby, 1933". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. David Bownes (2018). Poster Girls. london transport museum. ISBN 978 1 871829 28 0.
  6. "Althea Willoughby Rambling "Go-as-you-please", Ad1969 , original poster printed for SR by Curwen". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. "Room and Book". Beaux Books. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. "Willoughby, Althea". Victoria and Albert Museum. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. "Willoughby, Véra". Victoria and Albert Museum. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. Marks, Philippa. "Olga Hirsch Collection of Decorated Papers (Page 6)". British Library. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
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