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May 22, 2009


Olga Lehmann could have considered creating record covers for UK label Argo in the mid 50s as a sideline to her bustling career as a set designer for the stage, costume designer for film and book illustrator. It’s clear, however, that whenever she received an assignment from Argo it became an all-encompassing project: whether it was illustrating Dylan Thomas’ play for voices Under Milk Wood or music from Calypsonian Edric Connor (one example above), Lehmann took it upon herself to fit entire worlds into the 12 x 12″ format. No minimalist she.

Many thanks to Olga’s son Paul Huson for providing artwork for several of her LPs, and alerting me to the fact that her Wikipedia entry has been significantly upgraded and now includes a very detailed timeline of her marvelous career.

Olga Lehmann

July 17, 2008

Olga Lehmann was a gifted Chilean artist who during the course of a long and prolific career in England created book illustrations, set designs, portraits and murals. For a short time in the 1950s she worked for the British classical label Argo and designed a small number of incredible album covers, including the one above for Under Milk Wood. I’m only aware of one other LP design by her, her equally frenetic and joyous cover for The Beggar’s Opera. (If anyone out there in blogland knows of or has scans of other Argo designs by Lehmann, please drop us a line!)

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