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Gino D'Achille, illustrator – obituary

Gino D'Achille in his studio
Gino D'Achille in his studio Credit: Max Bailey

Gino D'Achille, who has died aged 81, was a talented illustrator whose work spanned a period from Italian film posters of the late 1950s to the covers of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels, which are still in print.

He was born in Rome on November 30 1935, the son of a plumber. As a child in Mussolini’s Italy he showed precocious talent and at the age of 11 had his first public success when he was invited to present a portrait he had made of Pope Pius XII to the Holy Father himself. Aged 13 he was selected for special training in art at Rome’s Liceo Artistico, progressing, aged 19, to the University of Architecture where he worked at night on film posters for the Studio Favalli.

D’Achille started work as an illustrator in Milan, but in 1964 a commission to illustrate David Kossoff’s Bible Stories for the publishers Collins took him to London. He fell in love with the city and his film-star...

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