Lawrence Jossett was born in Cambridgeshire. He acquired his early knowledge and skill as an engraver of banknotes. This skill and attention to detail has marked him as one of the finest intaglio artists of the 20th Century. One of his most important works was the engraved mezzotint plate of the Annigoni portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He also engraved maps and botanical subjects and illustrated The Stream Way by Lois Lumplugh, published in 1948.