Leonard Squirrell was born in Ipswich and studied art at Ipswich School of Art under George Robert Rushton RI RBA RBSA 1869 -1948 and at the Slade under Henry
Tonks. Leonard won a British Institution Scholarship in 1915 for engraving and a gold medal at the International Print Makers’ Exhibition at Los Angeles in 1925 and 1930, a silver in 1923
and was a founder member of the Ipswich Art Club. Leonard exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Royal Scottish Academy
and Royal Society of Painter – Etchers and Engravers. Work of his is in several public collections including the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was for his etching, a
technique he mastered totally, that he is chiefly remembered.