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Abraham, Attupurathu Mathew [known as Abu Abraham] (1924–2002), cartoonist and journalist  

Mark Bryant

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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Ally Sloper group (act. 1867–1923)  

Denis Gifford

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Ally Sloper group (act. 1867–1923), cartoonists, were the makers of a comic strip. The group was founded by Charles Henry [Harry] Ross (1835–1897), magazine editor and cartoonist, who was born on 23 April 1835 in London, where he was baptized at ...

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Bairnsfather, (Charles) Bruce (1887–1959)  

Maker: unknown photographer

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

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Bairnsfather, (Charles) Bruce (1887–1959), cartoonist and writer  

Mark Bryant

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  

John Jensen

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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Bateman, Henry Mayo (1887–1970)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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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  

John Jensen

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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Belsky [née Owen], Margaret Constance (1919–1989), cartoonist and illustrator  

Mark Bryant

Belsky [née Owen], Margaret Constance (1919–1989), cartoonist and illustrator, was born in Wareham, Dorset, on 20 June 1919. Her father, Albert Edward Owen (c.1880–c.1958), was an Australian engineer of Welsh/Irish ancestry who came to the UK about 1917 after being wounded at ...

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Bentley, Nicolas Clerihew [Nicholas Clerihew] (1907–1978), cartoonist and author  

Ruari McLean

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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Bentley, Nicolas Clerihew (1907–1978)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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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  

Caroline Bott

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  

Peter Mellini

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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Bird, (Cyril) Kenneth [Fougasse] (1887–1965)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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

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Bowers, Georgina Harriett (1835–1912), cartoonist and illustrator  

Mark Bryant

Bowers, Georgina Harriett (1835–1912), cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 18 October 1835 at 7 Henrietta Street, London, the rectory of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, the third of four surviving children of the Very Revd George Hull Bowers (1794–1872), rector of ...

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Boxer, (Charles) Mark Edward [pseud. Marc] (1931–1988), cartoonist and magazine editor  

Mark Amory

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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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Boxer, (Charles) Mark Edward [Marc] (1931–1988)  

Maker: (Charles) Mark Edward Boxer

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

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Brockbank, Russell Partridge (1913–1979), cartoonist and art editor  

Mark Bryant

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  

Simon Heneage

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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Calman, Melville (1931–1994)  

Maker: Stephen Hyde

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