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Ralph Steadman (born 1936)


Ralph Idris Steadman (born 1936)

Ralph Steadman was born in Wallasey, Cheshire on 15 May 1936, the son of a commercial traveller. He was educated at Abergele Grammar School, North Wales and first worked as a trainee manager with F W Woolworth at Colwyn Bay. An apprentice aircraft engineer with the De Havilland Aircraft Company (from 1950), he served in the Royal Air Force between 1954 and 1956. During his time at Kelmsley Newspapers (1959-61), he took courses with East Ham Technical College (1959-66), the London College of Printing (1961-5) and Percy Bradshaw’s Press Art School. He has been much influenced by the power of modern German caricaturists - such�� as George Grosz and John Heartfield - and the line of his English master, Ronald Searle.
Turning freelance in 1961, Steadman drew political cartoons for the newly-founded Private Eye and began to contribute to the Daily Telegraph, Punch and Rolling Stone.

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