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Jon Harris (artist)

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Name  Jon Harris
Role  Artist
Books  Frontier Country

Education  Winchester College, University of Cambridge

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Jon Harris (born 1943) is an artist, illustrator, and calligrapher, who has a particular interest in architecture and topography. He lives in Cambridge, which he has made his base since he graduated from Cambridge University, with a degree in Art History, in 1965. Cambridge is also the principal subject of his drawings. Jon Harris is particularly known for his illustrated, calligraphic, maps.


Early life

Jon Harris was born 1943, in North Staffordshire; he had an itinerant, partly colonial youth. He was educated at Winchester College, where he was a scholar. He began in Architecture at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University in 1961, and finished in Art History.


Jon Harris published an article in Granta in 1962 on Cambridge’s 19th century architect/developer Richard Reynolds Rowe. He taught drawing for 25 years in the Cambridge Arts School (CCAT, now Anglia Ruskin University), and painted (topography and light) until this career came to end with a joint exhibition between the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge University School of Architecture. A catalogue was published by the Fitzwilliam Museum.

He wrote for eight years on the landscapes and settlements of the four East Anglia counties and explored them on foot. In 2003 he was lured by his friend and former Reuters correspondent, Brian Mooney, into walking the shores and inland boundaries of the county of Essex. The report of the journey, with text by Brian Mooney and numerous illustrations by Jon Harris, was published as Frontier Country (Thorogood 2004).

Due to his profound knowledge of the architectural history of Cambridge, Jon Harris often serves as a historical advisor on developments and re-furbishments in Cambridge. He is a member of Cambridge City Council's Design & Conservation Panel, before which significant new developments are brought for appraisal. In 2007 he advised Magdelene College on the colour scheme for the restoration of a range of medieval buildings in Magdelene Street, Cambridge.


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