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Giles (Carl Ronald Giles OBE) (1916-1995)


Carl Ronald Giles, OBE (19161995)

Having been lured to Express Newspapers by Lord Beaverbrook in 1943, Giles introduced his immortal ‘Family’ to the public in a cartoon at the end of the Second World War. The regular appearance these characters and their anarchic affairs in the Express established the cartoonist as a household name and had a great effect on British culture. His use of beautifully detailed panoramic settings also influenced his younger contemporaries, Jak and Mac.
Giles was born above his father’s tobacco shop near the Angel, Islington, London, on 29 September 1916. A pupil at Barnsbury Park School until the age of fourteen, he first worked as a stable lad before trying his hand as a pavement artist in Brighton. At the Wardour Street Film Company, he was soon promoted from office boy to animator and, as a consequence, moved to Elstree to join the studio of Alexander Korda (1930-35).

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