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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Doyle, John [pseud. H. B.] (1797–1868), cartoonist and painter, was born in Dublin. 'His father … belonged to a family which had come from the King's or Queen's county' (Strickland, 1.297). Engen noted that Doyle's 'ancestors traced back to the fourteenth century, and in the seventeenth century were granted large estates and their own coat of arms emblazoned with “Fortitudine Vincit” under a crown and stag' (...

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Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–1896), illustrator, cartoonist, and novelist, was born on 6 March 1834 at 80 Champs Elysées, Paris, and baptized in May 1835 at Rotherfield, Sussex, the eldest of the three children of Louis-Mathurin Busson Du Maurier (1797–1856) and his wife, ...

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Giles, Ronald [Carl] (1916–1995), cartoonist, was born on 29 September 1916, at 413 City Road, near the Angel, Islington, London, the youngest son (there was a younger daughter) of Albert Edward Giles (b. 1881/2), tobacconist, 'a conscientious, decent and much-liked man' (...

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Godfrey, Roland Frederick [Bob] (1921–2013), animator, director, and film-maker, was born on 27 May 1921 in Horse Shoe Bend, West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Roland Charles Godfrey, a Banbury operator employed in the making of chemical blends for motor vehicle tyres. Known throughout his life as ...

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Gould, Sir Francis Carruthers (1844–1925), cartoonist and stockbroker, was born at Barnstaple, Devon, on 2 December 1844, the second son of Richard Davie Gould (1816/17–1900), architect, and his wife, Judith Carruthers, daughter of William Ford. Educated first at Mr Sharland's school and then at ...

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Hill, Leonard Raven- (1867–1942), illustrator and cartoonist, was born at 18 New Bond Street, Bath, Somerset, on 10 March 1867, the son of William Hill, a master umbrella maker, and his wife, Anne Scott. He was educated as a day boy at the old ...

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Jones, Grenfell [Gren] (1934–2007), cartoonist, was born at 1 Brynglas, Hengoed, in the Rhymney valley, Glamorgan, on 13 June 1934, the youngest son of Henry (Harry) Jones, a coalminer who was also an amateur oil painter, and his wife, Violet Lilian, née Glover...

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Lancaster, Sir Osbert (1908–1986), cartoonist and designer, was born in London on 4 August 1908, the only child of Robert Lancaster (d. 1916) and his wife, Clare Bracebridge Manger. His grandfather, Sir William Lancaster, became secretary of the Prudential Assurance Company and his father had a job in the ...

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Low, Sir David Alexander Cecil (1891–1963), cartoonist and caricaturist, was born on 7 April 1891 in Dunedin, New Zealand, the third son among the four children of David Brown Low, a businessman, and his wife, Jane Caroline Flanagan. His father's family emigrated from ...

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Partridge, Sir (John) Bernard (1861–1945), cartoonist and illustrator, was born in London on 11 October 1861, the sixth child and third son of Richard Partridge FRS (1805–1873) and his wife, Frances Janette (Fanny) Turner. His father was professor of anatomy at the Royal Academy...

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Robinson, William Heath (1872–1944), cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 31 May 1872 at 25 Ennis Road, Stroud Green, London, the third of the seven children of Thomas Robinson (1838–1902), illustrator, and his wife, Eliza (1849–1921), daughter of William Heath, innkeeper, and his wife, ...