Karl Hagedorn was born in Germany in 1889 but came to Manchester as a 16 year old. Whilst training in textile production he also studied at the local art school. His time in Paris in 1912 -13 influenced his early Modernist style. On his return to Manchester he continued to work as both a modernist painter and designer. War intervened and he became a British citizen in 1914 before enlisting in the Middlesex Regiment. His work over the years encompassed a number of styles from Modernism to Cubism before moving back to more figurative work. He designed the cover of the Radio Times in August 1929 and his work is held in a number of collections including the Imperial War Museum, the V&A, Manchester City Art Gallery and The Whitworth Art Gallery. He died in 1969.