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1st Edition

Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Cartoonists and Caricaturists

ISBN 9781032283425
Published July 8, 2022 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

British cartoonists and caricaturists are renowned worldwide. Originally published in 2000, this indispensable handbook offers a unique ‘who’s who’ of all the major artists working in Britain in the twentieth century and contains nearly 500 entries. Extensively illustrated, the book provides information on the work of artists such as Steve Bell, Gerald Scarfe, Posy Simmonds, Ronald Searle, Trog, mac and Larry as well as such past masters as David Low, Vicky, H. M. Bateman, Illingworth, Heath Robinson and more. The dictionary concentrates primarily on political cartoonists, caricaturists and joke or ‘gag’ cartoonists, actively working for the main Fleet Street national dailies and weeklies from 1900 to 1995. Each entry is cross-referenced and provides a concise biographical outline with an account of the artist’s style, influences and preferred medium. Where relevant the entry includes suggestions for further reading and notes solo exhibitions, books illustrated and works held in public collections. The Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Cartoonists and Caricaturists offers an insight into the lives of satirical artists working during a century that provoked cartoonists and caricaturists to a pitch of comic and artistic invention that has rarely been matched.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations. A-Z Dictionary. Bibliography.

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Dr Mark Bryant FRSA is a former Secretary of the British Cartoonists’ Association and of the London Press Club, and has been a trustee of the Cartoon Museum. He has written widely on the history of cartoons, caricature and humorous illustration and his other books include (with Simon Heneage) Dictionary of British Cartoonists & Caricaturists, 1730-1980.


‘Bryant has served British cartoonists well with several biographical compilations. including this volume's predecessor, which treated the period 1730-1980...Bryant's brief preface does not permit him to impart his vast knowledge of the field, but he points to some trends of British cartoonists in the 20th century...Entries are full, lively and well written and researched...A valuable work, recommended to all readers with an interest in British cartooning.’ John Lent, Choice

‘Coupled with his earlier Dictionary of British Cartoonists and Caricaturists, 1730-1980, Bryant's latest dictionary provides aficionados, academics, journalists and writers with a plethora of useful information about the creators of a vital art form...[it] is an essential reference work for all interested in graphic satire in Britain in the twentieth century.’ Peter Mellini, Sonoma State University, USA

‘Can be enjoyed in two ways: it contains nearly 500 biographical entries of cartoonists and caricaturists, both famous and forgotten, often with amazingly detailed descriptions of how the artists worked, and 100 illustrations, all in black and white, which have been well chosen and are mostly both unfamiliar and memorable...The Dictionary’s text is workmanlike, useful and illuminating.’ Ruari McLean, Times Literary Supplement

‘An invaluable source of detailed information on the lives, careers and styles of nearly 500 masters and mistresses of the art. The occasional cartoon leavens the text, but this is for reference first and foremost.’ Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

‘The author of this invaluable dictionary...knows his stuff...It is packed with information... "A professional preoccupation with the topical is the surest passport to oblivion," said Osbert Lancaster, which may be why we have waited so long for this book. It was worth the wait.’ Laura Gascoigne, Artists & Illustrators

‘This is an excellent and much-needed book. It has been thoroughly researched by Mark Bryant who has compiled for the first time a comprehensive dictionary of British cartoonists and caricaturists in the 20th century...It is an indispensable book for all those interested in cartoon art and graphic illustration.’ Lord Baker of Dorking

‘Not simply art lovers but anyone interested in the evolution of the British press or 20th-century history and politics will appreciate this who's who of mainly political cartoonists from 1900 to 1995...loaded with biographical and other information on each of the artists featured.’ The Good Book Guide