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Obituary: Rosalind Dallas

Growing up, after the separation of her parents, in the home of her painter and illustrator grandfather, Warwick William Lendon (a one-time pupil of the influential artist and Jack the Ripper suspect, Walter Sickert), Rosalind Dallas seemed primed for a career in art.

Her promise was noticed in her final degree show at the Brighton School of Art in 1967 by the BBC’s then head of graphic design, John Aston, who offered her a job, initially designing material for programmes by the recently launched Open University.

Dallas was to stay with the Corporation for the whole of her career, during which her credits included Elizabeth R (1971), Citizen Smith (1977-79), Dennis Potter’s adaptation of The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978), Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth (1979) and Iris Murdoch’s The Bell (1982).

She was later responsible for the graphic design of Mike Newell’s Enchanted April (1991) and Adrian Shergold’s Devil’s Advocate (1995).

Her many awards included an American Broadcast Design award for Jonathan Gili’s The Seven Deadly Sins in 1993, which included Simon Oliver’s last opera and an early appearance by the historian Simon Schama.

Rosalind Dallas was born in London on March 2, 1949, and died on March 14, aged 66. She is survived by her mother and her sister, Jennie, also a graphic designer for television.

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