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Lawson Wood RI (1878-1957)

Lawson Wood, RI (1878-1957)

Lawson Wood was an accomplished cartoonist and poster designer. He gained great popularity with his humorous illustrations of animals, including dinosaurs and monkeys. The ginger ape, Gran’pop, proved a particular favourite on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lawson Wood was born on 23 August 1878 into a notably artistic Highgate family: he was the eldest son of the landscapist, Lewis Pinhorn Wood, and the grandson of the architectural painter and printmaker, Lewis John Wood. Having spent his early life at Shere, near Guildford, Surrey, he studied in London at the Slade School of Art and Heatherley’s, and attended evening classes at Frank Calderon’s School of Animal Painting, Kensington. In 1896, at the age of eighteen, he joined the periodical publishers C Arthur Pearson Ltd, working there for six years and eventually becoming the chief staff artist.

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