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Sidney Strube (1892-1956)


Sidney Strube (1892-1956)

Having been encouraged to take up cartooning by the artist, John Hassall, Sidney Strube would become one of the most immensely popular cartoonists of the inter-war period as political cartoonist for the
Daily Express for over 35 years.

The son of Conrad Frederick Strube, a German-born wine merchant, Sidney Strube was born in Bishopsgate, London, on 30 December 1892. Growing up at the Coach and Horses, a public house on Charing Cross Road owned by his father, he studied at St Martin’s School of Art, before undertaking an apprenticeship as a junior draughtsman for a furnishing company. He also worked for a short time producing advertisements for the technical press of the electrical industry. In 1910, he attended John Hassall School of Art, where he was encouraged by Hassall to develop as a cartoonist. After having four caricatures published in the Conservative and Unionist (later retitled Our Flag), Strube set up in Fleet Street as a freelance cartoonist, with further work published in the Bystander, Evening Times and a weekly cartoon for Throne and Country.

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