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Roy Ullyett OBE (1914-2001)

Royden Ullyett, OBE (1914-2001)

Over his long and prolific career, Roy Ullyett established himself as ‘the greatest sports cartoonist of his generation’ (in the words of Mark Bryant’s obituary in the
Independent). Where possible, he drew quickly, on the spot, and in brush and ink.

Roy Ullyett was born in Leytonstone, Essex, on 16 March 1914, the son of the Secretary-Manager of Slazenger, the sports equipment manufacturer. His mother was the granddaughter of the landscape painter, John Glover. He grew up in Southend-on-Sea but, like his two brothers, was educated as a boarder at Earls Colne Grammar School. While there he made his first cartoons, of his teachers, publishing one at the age of 13 in the school magazine, The Colonian.