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Russell Brockbank (1913-1979)


Russell Brockbank (1913-1979)

To say Brockbank is to think CARS. In cartoon art it takes a great cartoonist to become inseparable from their subject; to have that special ability that combines the qualities of idiosyncratic but accurate drawing, with a humour that explores and defines a genre.
Russell Brockbank, art editor of Punch from 1949 to 1960, chronicled the twentieth century’s obsession with the motor car and will be forever placed in its driving seat. He is joined in this collective memory of the Age by a small and special band of artists:
Heath Robinson (1872-1944) made the Machine Age manageable by domesticating it, and his name and inventive genius have passed into the English language.
H M Bateman (1887-1970) recreated the ever excruciating moment of public embarrassment with the dynamic staging of that minor slip in etiquette that results in graphic overwhelming shame; the social gaffes of The Man Who... lives on in our fears.
Pont (1908-1940) displayed the English Character and found it eccentric, ... nothing changes.

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