LAWSON WOOD RI (1878-1957)

Lawson Wood was an accomplished cartoonist and poster designer. He gained great popularity with his humorous illustrations of animals, including dinosaurs and monkeys. read more...

Lawson Wood was an accomplished cartoonist and poster designer. He gained great popularity with his humorous illustrations of animals, including dinosaurs and monkeys. The ginger ape, Gran’pop, proved a particular favourite on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lawson Wood was born on 23 August 1878 into a notably artistic Highgate family: he was the eldest son of the landscapist, Lewis Pinhorn Wood, and the grandson of the architectural painter and printmaker, Lewis John Wood. Having spent his early life at Shere, near Guildford, Surrey, he studied in London at the Slade School of Art and Heatherley’s, and attended evening classes at Frank Calderon’s School of Animal Painting, Kensington. In 1896, at the age of eighteen, he joined the periodical publishers C Arthur Pearson Ltd, working there for six years and eventually becoming the chief staff artist. During the First World War, he served as an officer in the Kite Balloon Wing of the Royal Flying Corps. An accomplished poster designer, he drew cartoons for a number of periodicals, including the Graphic (1907-11), Punch, the Bystander, The Strand Magazine, Nash’s magazine and Fry’s magazine. Under the name of ‘Hustle Buck’, he collaborated with his son-in-law, Keith Sholto Douglas. He gained great popularity with his humorous illustrations of animals, including dinosaurs and apes; the monkey, Gran’pop, drawn for the Sketch was a particular favourite. Holding strict control over his copyright, he sold reproductions of his images throughout the world and even set up a factory that made toys to his own design. A member of the London Sketch Club, he was a close friend of Tom Browne, and also worked as a tutor for Percy Bradshaw’s Press Art School. Towards the end of his life he lived as something of a recluse in a mediaeval manor house that he had earlier discovered in Sussex and had rebuilt on a new site at Groombridge, Kent. He died in Sidmouth, Devon, on 26 October 1957.

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SEEMS A BAD YEAR FOR SHRIMPS by LAWSON WOOD

SEEMS A BAD YEAR FOR SHRIMPS

WHAT'S THE DEPTH OF THE OCEAN? by LAWSON WOOD

WHAT'S THE DEPTH OF THE OCEAN?

A WISE MAN KNOWS WHEN TO QUIT by LAWSON WOOD

A WISE MAN KNOWS WHEN TO QUIT

OH YOU FLIRT! by LAWSON WOOD

OH YOU FLIRT!

FLOR DI CABBAGE by LAWSON WOOD

FLOR DI CABBAGE

AN EYE TO A STRAIGHT DEAL by LAWSON WOOD

AN EYE TO A STRAIGHT DEAL

THE YOUNG IDEA
'THERE'S ONE OVER THERE ON THE LEFT WITH FOUR CURRANTS!' by LAWSON WOOD

THE YOUNG IDEA 'THERE'S ONE OVER THERE ON THE LEFT WITH FOUR CURRANTS!'

'NOW,' SAID GRAN'POP, 'ALL STAND CLEAR, THIS ROCKET'S FOR THE STRATOSPHERE.' by LAWSON WOOD

'NOW,' SAID GRAN'POP, 'ALL STAND CLEAR, THIS ROCKET'S FOR THE STRATOSPHERE.'

THE PUMP by LAWSON WOOD

THE PUMP

THE SLEEPY PAIR by LAWSON WOOD

THE SLEEPY PAIR

GRAN'POP TELLS A PARLOUR STORY by LAWSON WOOD

GRAN'POP TELLS A PARLOUR STORY

THE 19TH 'HOLE' by LAWSON WOOD

THE 19TH 'HOLE'

DELIVER US FROM EVIL
THE SPIRIT IS WILLING BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK by LAWSON WOOD

DELIVER US FROM EVIL THE SPIRIT IS WILLING BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK

ALL SCOTCH
NO 4 THE ALL SCOTCH SPIRIT by LAWSON WOOD

ALL SCOTCH NO 4 THE ALL SCOTCH SPIRIT

GRAN'POP GETS HIS OWN BACK AFTER BEING LEFT OUT OF "THE SKETCH" BEAUTY NUMBER, BY HOLDING HIS OWN BEAUTY SHOW by LAWSON WOOD

GRAN'POP GETS HIS OWN BACK AFTER BEING LEFT OUT OF "THE SKETCH" BEAUTY NUMBER, BY HOLDING HIS OWN BEAUTY SHOW

PHYSICAL JERKS by LAWSON WOOD

PHYSICAL JERKS

GRANPOP FEELS THE COLD SNAP by LAWSON WOOD

GRANPOP FEELS THE COLD SNAP

THE DINOSAUR RUSH by LAWSON WOOD

THE DINOSAUR RUSH

'ALL SCOTCH'
NO 6 'ALL SCOTCH' THRIFT. A BAG-PIPE CHAMPION REDUCING HIS GAS BILL. by LAWSON WOOD

'ALL SCOTCH' NO 6 'ALL SCOTCH' THRIFT. A BAG-PIPE CHAMPION REDUCING HIS GAS BILL.

LATE FOR THE BOARD MEETING by LAWSON WOOD

LATE FOR THE BOARD MEETING

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