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Abraham, Attupurathu Mathew [known as Abu Abraham] (1924–2002), cartoonist and journalist, was born into an Indian Syrian Christian family in Tiruvalla, then in the princely state of Travancore (later part of Kerala), south India, on 11 June 1924, the fourth of five children of ...

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Bairnsfather, (Charles) Bruce (1887–1959), cartoonist and writer, was born at Strawberry Bank Cottage, Murree, Punjab, India, on 9 July 1887, the eldest son of Lieutenant (later Major) Thomas Henry (Tom) Bairnsfather (d. 1945), a Scottish officer in the Indian army, and Amelia Jane Eliza (Janie) Every (...

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(Charles) Bruce Bairnsfather (1887–1959) by unknown photographer, c. 1914 Getty Images

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Bateman, Henry Mayo (1887–1970), cartoonist, was born on 15 February 1887, of English parents, at Moss Vale, Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia, the only son and the elder of two children of Henry Charles Bateman (1857–1940), then a farmer and later an export packager, and his wife, ...

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Henry Mayo Bateman (1887–1970) by Howard Coster, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Belcher, George Frederick Arthur (1875–1947), cartoonist and painter, was born at the workhouse in Princes Street, St George-in-the-East, London, on 19 September 1875, the only son and second of four children of Joseph Silverthorne Belcher (bap. 1833, d. 1900), medical practitioner, and his wife, ...

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Bentley, Nicolas Clerihew [Nicholas Clerihew] (1907–1978), cartoonist and author, was born at 75 Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, Middlesex, on 14 June 1907, the youngest in the family of one daughter and two sons of Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), writer, and his wife, Violet Alice Mary (1878/9–1949)...

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Nicolas Clerihew Bentley (1907–1978) by Howard Coster, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bestall, Alfred Edmeades (1892–1986), artist, author, and illustrator, was born in Mandalay, Burma, on 14 December 1892, the only son and elder of the two children of the Revd (Albert Henry) Arthur Bestall (1862–1936) and his wife, Rebecca, née Edmeades (...

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Bird, (Cyril) Kenneth [pseud. Fougasse] (1887–1965), cartoonist and journal editor, was born on 17 December 1887 at 26 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, the younger son of Arthur Bird, a London merchant and a prominent cricketer and first-class shot, and his wife, Mary Wheen...

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(Cyril) Kenneth Bird [Fougasse] (1887–1965) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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(Charles) Mark Edward Boxer [Marc] (1931–1988) self-portrait, 1976 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boxer, (Charles) Mark Edward [pseud. Marc] (1931–1988), cartoonist and magazine editor, was born on 19 May 1931 in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, the only son and younger child of Lieutenant-Colonel (Harold) Stephen Boxer, garage owner and car salesman, and his wife, Isobel Victoria Hughlings Jackson...

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Brockbank, Russell Partridge (1913–1979), cartoonist and art editor, was born on 15 April 1913 in Second Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the second son of Clarence Jesse Brockbank, chemist and engineer, and his wife, Caroline, née Partridge, a teacher. His English parents, from ...

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Calman, Melville [Mel] (1931–1994), cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 19 May 1931 at 64 Linthorpe Road, Stamford Hill, London, the youngest of the three children of Clement Calman, timber merchant, and his wife, Anna. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, his father from ...

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Melville Calman (1931–1994) by Stephen Hyde, 1986 © Stephen Hyde; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cummings, (Arthur Stuart) Michael (1919–1997), cartoonist, was born on 1 June 1919 at 99 Spencer Place, Leeds, the only son of Arthur John Cummings (1882–1957), political editor of the News Chronicle, and his wife, Nora Suddards, an artist. Following education at The Hall, Hampstead, London...

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Davis, Brian [pseud. Michael ffolkes] (1925–1988), cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 6 June 1925 at 36 St John's Park, London, the only child of Walter Lawrence Davis (1900–1973), typographer, and his wife, Elaine Rachel Bostock (1899–1987), theatre singer. His paternal grandfather was a master carpenter with strong socialist convictions....

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Brian Davis [Michael ffolkes] (1925–1988) by Howard Coster, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London