"You should know that accident and little touches of colour do not make a print. More final and considered design are required...the whole philosophy of a print lies in this - the accidental eliminated, the final, i.e. the permanent, and unchangeable, recorded in a noble design. Amen."
F. Ernest Jackson was a painter, draughtsman, designer and lithographer. Aside from his artistic practice, and work as a teacher he committed a great deal of time to arts organizations and publications.
In his youth he was apprenticed to a firm of lithographers in Leeds, and attended life drawing classes at Yorkshire College. In 1895 he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux -Arts under Bouguereau, Ferrier, J-P Laurens and Constant. Following this he studied lithography at the School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography at Bolt Court, London. From 1902 to 1921 he taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He then worked as an Instructor in Drawing at the Royal Academy School and at the Byam Shaw School; the latter of which he would become Principal of in 1926.
Active in the arts community Jackson was a founding member of several key arts organizations and publications including the periodical "The Neolith", the Senefelder Club, The Imprint, a journal of printing, illustrating & book-making, and the Design and Industries Association. In 1913 he designed posters for the London underground. Later Jackson would be placed in charge of propaganda lithography for the Ministry of Information and in 1917 he served as a technical advisor to the Ministry's series of lithographs, Britain's Efforts and Ideals.
The National Gallery of Canada holds several accomplished lithographs including Chiswick Mall, London and The Release. In 1944 Jackson was elected Associate of the Royal Academy.