Jocelyn Herbert (1917–2003) was one of the most influential post-war British theatre designers of the 20th century. Her father was the playwright A. P. Herbert who was also the Member of Parliament for Oxford University for over a decade. She went to St Paul’s Girls School in Hammersmith and grew up with writers and artists around her. She first went to Paris to study under the painter André L’Hote, before attending the Slade School of Art, in London. It was there that she trained in theatre design before joining the experimental London Theatre Studio in 1936. She was taught by Margaret Harris, Sophie Harris and Elizabeth Montgomery of the Motley Theatre Design Group before the war led to the closure of theatres. In 1937, she married Anthony Lousada and went on to have four children.
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