Arnold Armitage (1899-1991) was a
British-born artist and illustrator, best known for his work with
pin-up art. He moved to the United States around 1925 and settled in
Hollywood, California, working for the Foster and Kleiser Company,
which produced billboards. During the 1930s, he developed a
reputation as a designer specializing in billboards, and he designed
many of these for American corporations.
About 1940, Armitage began a
series of "pretty girl" paintings for the calendar market. While not
strictly pin-ups, these works were very reminiscent of the work of
Gil Elvgren. Armitage's pretty girls were well-received in both the
United States and England.
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