William Henry Barribal
The popular work of William Barribal has become synonymous with the evocative and rather sensual studies of young ladies. These studies were used for playing cards and posters for both Waddington's and Schweppes as well as illustrations for leading magazines.
After leaving school, he started work as an apprentice to a lithographic draughtsman and at the same time he continued his night studies at the Worcester Art School. Later, in Paris, he worked with Raphael Kitchner, when they studied at the Academie Julien.
After completing his studies in Paris he moved to Belfast to work for a firm of designers and colour printers. When he returned to London he was retained by John Waddington Ltd who were the leading suppliers of playing cards.
His paintings have retained their popularity over the years, although there has not been a major retrospective of his work.
His work was widely exhibited at many leading galleries including Cooling and Sons Gallery and the Royal Academy.