Escott, Dan

British illustrator Dan Escott (1928-1987) wrote and drew many features which played to his strength and interest in heraldry and medieval history. He was a regular contributor to the ‘From Then Till Now’ feature in Look and Learn as well as creating back cover series on flags of the world, national symbols of Britain, and the Guilds of London amongst many others. Escott was born in Surrey on 3 December 1928. He studied at Croydon School of Art where he first came in contact with the subject of heraldry. Discovering that he had a flair for heraldic illustration, he joined the College of Arms as a trainee heraldic painter, developing a strong, bold style which stood him well when he began producing illustrations for advertising, books and magazines. Escott later emigrated to Australia where he worked for the Australian Geographic. He died in Sydney on 7 May 1987, aged 58.