Jack Merriott was born in Greenwich. He was an author, artist and poster designer, particularly well known for the artworks he produced for British Railways and the General Post Office. He started his working life as a shipping clerk in an office near London Bridge. Jack spent all his leisure time painting, and had several works exhibited in the Royal Academy.

At the age of 28, he gave up his regular work, becoming a professional painter whose illustrations often appeared in 'Sphere' magazine. He produced many watercolours for 'Beautiful Britain', a series of books published by Blackie. In addition to his work as a commercial artist, Merriott was active as a fine artist and became highly regarded as a teacher of watercolour painting. Vice-president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and a regular contributor to the magazine 'The Artist', he travelled throughout Britain giving demonstrations of watercolour painting. He made instructional movies and hosted painting holidays in Britain and abroad. He also devised a correspondence course on watercolour painting for the Pitman College of Art. A versatile artist, his memberships included the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colour, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Pastel Society.

Merriott was official artist in Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In the early 1950s he found his dream home in Polperro, where he bought and restored a derelict cottage on the harbour. At the relatively early age of 67, Jack Merriott died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.


Painting in watercolour, oils, pastel, and drawing in pen and ink.


Royal Academy




Drawing and Painting in Pastel by Jack Merriott (1963)

Discovering Watercolour by Jack Merriott (1971)