David Gentleman was born in London, the son of painters. He studied at the Royal College of Art where John Nash and Edward Bawden were then teaching (Gentleman joined the staff after graduating). In 1957 he produced illustrations for Plats du Jour published by Penguin Books. He has since designed everything from stamps, wallpapers, posters, textiles and book illustrations to commercial logos, colophons, and even the covers of company reports. Gentleman’s most public work is the platform-long mural depicting the making of the medieval Eleanor Cross commissioned by London Transport for Charing Cross underground station. He was written and illustrated topographical books on the UK, Europe and India, in addition to a series of books for children and in 1979 published A Special Relationship(Faber 1979), examining the relationship between the US and UK . A major exhibition of Gentleman’s work was shown at the Fine Art Society, London in 2010.

Further reading:
Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith, David Gentleman: Design, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2009