The E. H. New Collection
New was born in Evesham Worcestershire. He studied at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. He became known in the 1890s as an illustrator in the black-and-white style of the Arts and Crafts movement. He speciahsed in pen and ink drawings of rural and urban landscapes, old buildings and their interiors, architectural features, and also designed bookplates. In 1895, New was invited to meet William Morris at Kelmscott Manor, and went on to provide design work for the Kelmscott Press as well as illustrating Morris's two-volume biography by J. W. Mackail. Between 1896 and 1914, New provided hundreds of illustrations for over 50 books for various publishers. He also taught drawing to T E Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). In 1905, New moved from Evesham, the place of his birth, to Oxford where he started work on a series of drawings of the University of Oxford colleges, a project which was to occupy him for the rest of his life and remained unfinished.