John Ryan (1921-2009) was a British artist, illustrator, and children’s book author. He is perhaps best known for creating the popular children’s television series “Captain Pugwash” for the BBC which were broadcast from 1957 to 1966.
Ryan lived and worked in the historic town of Rye in East Sussex for many years, and the town had a significant influence on his work. He was particularly inspired by the local landscape and architecture, and many of his illustrations and paintings feature the charming cobbled streets, historic buildings, and stunning coastline of Rye.
In addition to his work on “Captain Pugwash,” Ryan was a prolific artist and illustrator, creating artwork for numerous books, magazines, and newspapers throughout his career. He also wrote and illustrated a number of his own children’s books, many of which were set in and around Rye.
Ryan was a beloved member of the Rye community and was involved in various local events and initiatives. Today, his legacy is celebrated in Rye and beyond, and his artwork and illustrations continue to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.