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Emmwood (John Musgrave-Wood) (1915-1999)


John Musgrave-Wood (1915-1999), known as 'Emmwood'

‘Emmwood’ produced regular illustrations to The Tatler’s theatre reviews and a series of caricatures entitled ‘Emmwood’s Aviary’. Executing similar work for Punch, he moved to the Daily Mail, and became the newspaper’s political cartoonist, one of the last of a classic generation.

John Musgrave-Wood was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, on 22 February 1915, the son of Gerald Musgrave-Wood, a landscape and maritime painter. One of three brothers, he was educated at Leeds Modern School with the intention of becoming a businessman and after leaving school did administrative work in an advertising agency. Quickly growing bored of office work, he enrolled at Leeds College of Art, and also spent time working in his father’s studio until his death. After only 18 months at art school, he signed up to serve as a steward on a cruise liner and during cruises to the Mediterranean, Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand, he began drawing cartoons to entertain his shipmates and also supplemented his salary by selling some of his sketches to passengers for thirty shillings each.

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