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Edgar Mansfield

Born 1907, Died 1996

The sculptor Edgar Mansfield was one of the finest artist-bookbinders of his generation working in Europe. Born in London in 1907, Mansfield emmigrated to New Zealand with his parents, settling in Hastings in 1911. He studied at the King Edward Technical College with William Allen and Robert Field. After four years teaching at the Feilding Agricultural School he returned to London in 1934 for further study. After war service he continued bookbinding and design, which he taught at the
London College of Printing from 1948 to 1964 when he came back to New Zealand. Mansfield settled in Napier where he turned to sculpture. Mansfield was the first president of the Britain's Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (1955- 1968) and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1980.

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