Michael Whittlesea was born in 1938 in London. He attended the Harrow School of Art and then worked for Crawford's Advertising Agency and for IPC Magazines. He now works as a painter and book illustrator. Mr Whittlesea regularly exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibitions and with the New English Art Club. In 1983, he had a one-man show at the Katherine House Gallery in Marlborough. More recently, he has exhibited his work in the Sunday Times watercolour exhibition.