"We’ve got lots of pictures of his on the walls and many of his books because he would come and work with the children at the school. When he was here for the opening, he did a lovely speech and he was very interested in talking to all of the children even though he was very ill." - Head teacher Heather Lee - Shamley Green Infant School. -
Tony Hart was born in October 1925 in Maidstone, Kent. Here he is just over two years old, attempting what may have been his first ever beach mural!
Tony's Prep School was All Saints Resident Choir School, Margaret Street, London W1. His public school was Clayesmore, where he was an active member of the cadet force. The war was still on when he left Clayesmore in 1944.
Hart wanted to become an air gunner in the RAF, but a slight defect in one eye made it impossible for him to be assigned flying duties, and so he decided to follow in his father's footsteps, and entered the Indian Army. He was commissioned into the 1st Gurkha Rifles, where he served until he was demobilised iphone 5 cases after the granting of independence to India in 1947
Tony undertook formal art training at the Maidstone Art College, where he graduated in 1950. His first job was as a display artist with a well-known West End store. He saw no future in that, and became a freelance artist, sharing a horrid basement flat with his brother Michael (who went on to become a tv producer and director) often painting murals on restaurant walls in return for free meals.
Tony Hart's luck changed when, in 1952, he met a tv producer at a party and was invited to come for an interview. After demonstrating his skill by drawing a fish on a BBC paper napkin - which had been provided with his coffee - he was engaged as the resident artist on the BBC/Children's tv programme Saturday Special.