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Douglas Lionel Mays (1900-1991)


Douglas Lionel Mays (1900-1991)

In the early 1930s, D L Mays established himself as a cartoonist for
Punch, with jokes about children proving a speciality. Later in the decade, children became his audience, as he illustrated Anthony Buckeridge’s Jennings books and several titles by Noel Streatfeild. The Christmas cards that he designed for Royles further evidenced his ability to capture particularities of youthful character.
D L Mays was born on 4 August 1900 in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, and was educated at the local Tiffins School. He served in the Rhineland Army of Occupation and then studied illustration at Goldsmiths’ College (1920-23), under Harold Speed and E J Sullivan; his contemporaries included Eric Fraser and Graham Sutherland. He contributed cartoons to the Beano, Big Budget, Holiday Annual and the Dandy before his first drawing for Punch was accepted in June 1932 (his last was published in 1954).

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