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Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970)

Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970)

H M Bateman established his inimitable style before the First World War when, as he put it, he ‘went mad on paper’, by drawing people’s mood and character. This culminated in ‘The Man Who ...’, his famous series of cartoons dramatising social gaffes.

H M Bateman was born at Sutton Forest in New South Wales, Australia, on 15 February 1887. He was the son of an Englishman who owned an export and packing business. A year after his birth, the family returned to England, and he was educated at Forest Hill House, South London. Given the freedom to develop his artistic leaning from an early age, he attended Westminster School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College and, influenced by Comic Cuts and Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday, made contributions to Scraps (1903) and The Tatler (1904).

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