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John Edgar Platt
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Lancashire; born 12/21 President of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour from 1939-1953. 1886-1905: Born 19th March in Leek, Staffordshire, the elder son of John Henry Platt and his wife Elizabeth (nee Taylor). John Henry Platt owned the George Hotel in Leek. John Edgar (known to the family as Edgar) had two sisters, Marian and Kathleen and a brother, Sydney, who trained as an engineer and was involved in the building of a bridge over the River Ganges in India. Platt was educated at the High School, Newcastle and studied briefly at Margate Art School when recuperating from a minor accident. He intended to pursue a career as an engineer at Manchester University but was encouraged to transfer to architecture by a tutor who recognised the quality of his drawing. 1903-1905: Decided to change his career to art. His parents responded to the decision positively and offered financial support until he could manage on his own. He received a preliminary art education at Newcastle, Margate and Leek Schools of Art. 1905-1910: Awarded a scholarship in 1905 to study at the Royal College of Art, London. He received prizes in Design, Painting, Architecture and Modelling. He also studied various crafts including mural painting, stained glass, poster and book production, tapestry design, metalwork and jewellry, lettering and illuminating, woodcarving and architectural woodwork. 1938-1953: President of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour. He put great effort into reviving the Society after the war and contributed prints to a major exhibition held by the Society at Kensington Art Gallery in 1947, 'Fifty Years of the Colour Print'.