Vanessa Bell (1879–1961)

Born in Westminster, English painter Vanessa Bell was a member of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of influential writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists. During her lifetime, she exhibited in London and Paris and has been praised for her innovative works.

In 1934, Bell was commissioned to draw a poster depicting the frustrations and inconvenience the public suffer when posting late. The picture, entitled ‘The Last Minute Posters’ went into printing in October 1935. But in June 1936 Royal Mail’s Board decided not to issue prints, on the premise that the design did not convey the right message.