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Biography and the cartoonist – Punch source material

November 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Adrian Smith in Discussion

David Low is perhaps unique as a cartoonist in boasting an impressive autobiography and biography (Colin Seymour-Ure and Jim Schoff, David Low, Secker & Warburg, 1985), but
other key artists working for the British press have received similarly forensic attention, for example, Vicky and Will Dyson. E-mailing from the West Coast, Professor Peter Mellini points out that the large body of primary and secondary material on Punch magazine he gave to the Cartoon Study Centre at the University of Kent is invaluable for biographers and cultural historians attracted to cartoon and caricature.

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  • Steve says:

    I am currently working on a book which collects together political cartoons from the late Victorian period. The cartoons were not published in Punch, but in magazines inspired by Punch – The Dart & The Owl, both produced in Birmingham. The leading politicians of the day – Dizzy, Burnaby & particularly Joe Chamberlain – are gently sent up in these cartoons. Many of them were drawn by the very talented George Bernasconi, who was also a painter and a photographer. I am keen to find out more about Bernasconi – there is an interesting story to piece together here, I think.

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