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6/12/2015 1:12 pm  #1


Who was 'Jotter'?

In search of “Jotter” aka Walter Hayward Young (1868 – 1920)

Educated at Warwick School, Hayward-Young's work, particularly his postcard designs (of which there are over 800), became renowned worldwide. He wrote a series of articles on Sketching for 'The Girls Own Paper and Woman's Magazine' which were later published as a book under the title 'Short Cuts to Sketching'.
Hayward-Young signed many of his pieces under the pseudonym 'Jotter'. In 1912, Hayward-Young designed posters for the London Underground, including one promoting visits to Hampton Court. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Hayward-Young

And that’s it, not much of an entry for an artist who created well over the 800 original works of art referred to above, as well as various posters, book illustrations and other paintings.

Happily for Hayward Young – there’s no hyphen and Hayward was a Christian name – his maturing as an artist coincided with the development of picture postcards and he appears to have been very much in demand. Young produced paintings for quite a number of postcard publishers with the firm of Raphael Tuck & Sons (London) being the principal one. He also produced work for the firms of Arthur Burkart & Co. and Frederick Hartmann both also of London. Ironically, in the light of what was to follow, all three firms were developed by German émigrés.

On the 29th December 1940, a bombing raid on London by the German Luftwaffe, destroyed Tuck’s Raphael House head offices and the records of seventy-four years and 40,000 or more original pictures were reduced to ashes. I assume that this is the reason that so few original “Jotter” paintings turn up at auction. I haven’t established what happened to the collections held at the other London based postcard publishers – anybody able to throw some light on the matter? .

There’s a very fine database of Tuck’s output here: http://tuckdb.org/ and all of Young’s Irish postcards produced for the firm can be found there. I have been on the trail of his Irish work for other companies – that for Burkart & Co. is concentrated on the great Victorian hotels that sprang up to cater for the tourist trade brought to the south and west of the country by the railways. The card shown here is one of the scarcer of his Irish cards, and shows the Great Southern Hotel at Waterville, County Kerry.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uv0Gx52DybM/VnFdS_G00hI/AAAAAAAAEQM/MrTvbIruyEQ/s1600/Waterville%2BGS%2BHotel%2BJotter.JPG


 

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8/31/2015 3:43 pm  #2


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Much of "Jotter's" work for Arthur Burkart & Company was centred on the railway hotels that had been developed in the West of Ireland, and amongst these was the Recess Hotel on the Galway/Clifden line. A minnow when compared to the other railway hotels, Recess couldn't be beaten for its wonderful lakeside location. Built during 1896/97 on the site of an earlier hotel, it hosted no less a personage than King Edward VII on his tour of the Congested Districts in July 1903.
Sadly the hotel was burnt by anti-treaty forces on the 13th October, 1922, during the Civil War, and was not rebuilt. "Jotter's" painting is truly the calm before the storm that was to engulf the country a few short years later.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BY-wavqNkJg/VeRqgr9lANI/AAAAAAAAEEs/2LtjYo6rmqM/s1600/Recess%2BFINAL.png

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2/19/2016 6:21 pm  #3


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Great piece on Jotter - one of my favourite Postcard artists too.

I have a passion for art views of London and I have Jotter postcards published by B A & C Ltd. , Charles Martin, Collector's Publishing Co. Ltd., Ettlinger & Co. Ltd., and Raphael Tuck.

Some time ago I bought a collection of Jotter postcards - many by Boots the Chemist, Hartmann, G Smith and in the Peacock 'Pictorette' series by Pictorial Stationery Co. Ltd.

I am gradually selling these on-line via eBid.net.
 


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2/22/2016 2:36 pm  #4


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I feel that the 800 cards attributed in the Wiki article is something of an underestimate as I continue to find new cards all the time. What I'm trying to get my head round is the amount of traveling that must have been involved as, apparently, most of his work was done by visiting locations as opposed to working from photographs. I have no hard evidence to support this but judging from reading his "Short Cuts to Sketching" book, it seems to point to him sketching and painting in the field. Visits to Ireland are also referred to in the book. It turns up on eBay from time to time and can be had for relatively little. There are a number of fine colour plates in the book, but sadly nothing of Irish interest.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wTxVLwc5Xrw/Vstiy1Qq00I/AAAAAAAAEVY/kXXe_mf5lXU/s1600/Short%2BCuts%2Bto%2BSketching.jpeg

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2/22/2016 3:13 pm  #5


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"Jotter's" work continued to be used after his death as on the cover of this Great Southern Railways tourist brochure dating from 1930. I picked up this rather poor copy on eBay last year for £25 solely to obtain the cover picture of the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry. It was quite badly foxed, and with a large fold through the middle of the image. However, with the help of a local photographer and the miracles now possible with scanning, Paint.net etc. the picture below was reconstructed. As far as I know the image has never been used on a postcard or anywhere else apart from the railway brochure. I wonder what happened to the original – was it in the incinerated Raphael Tuck premises or was it perchance an Arthur Burkart & Co. survivor?

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NBUpYrZ7IQQ/VstlenIjDfI/AAAAAAAAEVk/WTgJLpZwwX4/s1600/Gem%2Bof%2Bthe%2BSea%2BGSR%2BHayward%2BYoung.JPG

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3760zHyuU1s/VstlijUc82I/AAAAAAAAEVo/t4wPNnARUBA/s1600/Gap%2Bof%2BDunloe%2BHayward%2BYoung%2BFINAL.jpg

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4/07/2016 2:01 pm  #6


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I'm trying to be good at the moment and have cut back on my purchasing, but I couldn't resist this Raphael Tuck card from their "The Emerald Isle" series. I have most of their Irish Jotters at this stage but this is one of the scarcer ones and I couldn't turn it down at just £3.30 incl.p+p on eBid.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H-dLY1nFYeo/VwauUNHQS9I/AAAAAAAAEaI/foug1hTxNJcWovScN9K0HvavaZr62vOtQ/s1600/LIFFEY%2BSMALLER.jpg

'Picturesque Co.Dublin: The River Liffey at Lucan'.

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5/13/2016 12:33 pm  #7


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Still on the trail of "Jotter", whenever I get the time, and a few months ago I came across this Jameson's Whiskey Advertisement in an online auction of breweriana.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9fOS3-bRO8I/VzYMylPaBZI/AAAAAAAAEds/rM7LQj0gaNIpS3V2Z94gkdInr3h8s_LtACLcB/s1600/John%2BJameson%2BAd%2BJotteresque.PNG


The painting bears a striking similarity to the one used in the Great Southern Railways brochure (post.5.), but there's no signature visible - probably cropped. I have since come across a similar Ad but with the picture in a mount i.e. a signature may be present. However, priced at €150 I won't be finding out on this occasion! Jameson advertising material is not uncommon so I'll bide my time.

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7/18/2016 5:21 pm  #8


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https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ef-7OkD_24c/V41TzxDnlvI/AAAAAAAAEis/5Uq1AFaN2bkFCPEEOAdUDP_tO5VorLxnACLcB/s1600/Winter%2BGarden%2BRosss%2BHotel%2BLtd%2BKingsown%2Bpu%2B1914%2B-%2BCopy.JPG


I've too many demands on my limited resources at the moment and so I missed out on this rare "Jotter" tonight.
It only went for 10 sterling in the end, but I had made up my mind not to bid and consequently wasn't watching the auction or I would have gone for it.

It's a nice interior view of the Winter Garden at Ross's Hotel, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) - I managed to pick-up a fine exterior view of the hotel a few months back and it would have complimented it nicely. When I started out buying online - about the same time as eBay started up - I would have gone crazy to miss something; now I'm more laid back about it. 

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9/26/2016 3:35 pm  #9


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Biding my time paid-off and I managed to buy another version of the Jameson Whiskey Ad at auction for just €30 - and that included delivery from Clonmel to Enniscorthy. The image size is large (14" x 22") and there's no doubting that it's by "Jotter". See what you think.

https://irishartindex.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/gap-of-dunloe-john-jaameson.jpg?w=994&h=628

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1/12/2017 4:04 am  #10


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And now for something completely different!! - what do think of these two "Jotter" beauties: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3ebb56wt7znWGRod2hjdHA0clk/view?usp=sharing


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