GEORGE BELCHER RA (1875-1947)

George Belcher was best known for his elegant drawings, in chalk or charcoal, of gently humorous exchanges, often between working-class protagonists.

George Belcher was born in London on 19 September 1875, read more...

George Belcher was best known for his elegant drawings, in chalk or charcoal, of gently humorous exchanges, often between working-class protagonists.
George Belcher was born in London on 19 September 1875, the son of Dr Joseph Belcher. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Berkhamstead, and then studied at Gloucester School of Art. Beginning to work as a portraitist and caricaturist in a variety of media, he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1909, and gained the rare distinction, for a humorous artist, of becoming an Academician (ARA 1931, RA 1946). Contributing regularly to Punch (from 1911), and to The Tatler and VanityFair, he became so well known for his studies in chalk and charcoal that he was described by Fougasse as ‘Phil May in chalk’. However, his work was more genteel than that of May, and his working-class subjects were more kindly but less vigorously drawn. It is probable that he was more at home with the social standing of such sitters as H G Wells, and his pastimes – of hunting and fishing – were certainly those of the country gentleman. Living for some years in Knightsbridge, Belcher spent his later life at Chiddingfold, Surrey, and died there on 3 October 1947. In his retirement he had begun to paint still life and flowers in oils.
His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the V&A; and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

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PACKED!
ACTOR: WERE YOU AT HARRY'S FUNERAL?
ACQUAINTANCE: NO; WERE THERE MANY THERE?
ACTOR: TERRIFIC, DEAR BOY; TERRIFIC! WE WERE TURNING 'EM AWAY. by GEORGE BELCHER

PACKED! ACTOR: WERE YOU AT HARRY'S FUNERAL? ACQUAINTANCE: NO; WERE THERE MANY THERE? ACTOR: TERRIFIC, DEAR BOY; TERRIFIC! WE WERE TURNING 'EM AWAY.

'I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE SOME GAS MASKS AND THINGS ON VIEW HERE.'
'OH YES, MADAM, I THINK YOU'LL PROBABLY FIND THEM IN THE SPORTS DEPARTMENT.' by GEORGE BELCHER

'I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE SOME GAS MASKS AND THINGS ON VIEW HERE.' 'OH YES, MADAM, I THINK YOU'LL PROBABLY FIND THEM IN THE SPORTS DEPARTMENT.'

'I HOPE THAT YOU FELT THE INSPIRATION OF THE TATTOO AT WEMBLEY, JENKINS?'
'THAT I DID, SIR. FAIR MADE ME SWEAT WITH PRIDE.' by GEORGE BELCHER

'I HOPE THAT YOU FELT THE INSPIRATION OF THE TATTOO AT WEMBLEY, JENKINS?' 'THAT I DID, SIR. FAIR MADE ME SWEAT WITH PRIDE.'

FIRST SPINSTER (TO SECOND DITTO, DISCUSSING THEIR BROTHER'S IMPENDING MARRIAGE): 'AH, JEAN, A MARRIAGE IS NO LIKE A DEATH. THIS WILL BE JAMIE'S AIN DOING' by GEORGE BELCHER

FIRST SPINSTER (TO SECOND DITTO, DISCUSSING THEIR BROTHER'S IMPENDING MARRIAGE): 'AH, JEAN, A MARRIAGE IS NO LIKE A DEATH. THIS WILL BE JAMIE'S AIN DOING'

'WE OUGHT ALL TO BE VERY PROOD, MCTAVISH, OF BEING BORN IN SUCH A BONNIE COUNTRY, THOUGH AS A MATTER OF FACT MY WIFE HERE IS A SOUTHERN BUDDY'
'EH, MON, I'M MARRIED ON A SOUTHERN BUDDY MASEL, BUT SHE'S PAIRFECTLY CLEAN AND RESPECTABLE' by GEORGE BELCHER

'WE OUGHT ALL TO BE VERY PROOD, MCTAVISH, OF BEING BORN IN SUCH A BONNIE COUNTRY, THOUGH AS A MATTER OF FACT MY WIFE HERE IS A SOUTHERN BUDDY' 'EH, MON, I'M MARRIED ON A SOUTHERN BUDDY MASEL, BUT SHE'S PAIRFECTLY CLEAN AND RESPECTABLE'

STOP-GAP CHARLADY (BRINGING IN CALLERS' CARDS): 'THREE OF A FAMILY, I RECKON, MUM. THERE'S THE SAME WRITIN' ON ALL THE TICKETS' by GEORGE BELCHER

STOP-GAP CHARLADY (BRINGING IN CALLERS' CARDS): 'THREE OF A FAMILY, I RECKON, MUM. THERE'S THE SAME WRITIN' ON ALL THE TICKETS'

GENTLEMAN (ENQUIRING ABOUT BUNGALOW): WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO FINISH THIS?
WORKMAN: NOT YET AWHILE. WHY, THAT'S THE LAST THING WE DO by GEORGE BELCHER

GENTLEMAN (ENQUIRING ABOUT BUNGALOW): WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO FINISH THIS? WORKMAN: NOT YET AWHILE. WHY, THAT'S THE LAST THING WE DO

'THESE BATHS, M'DEAR, WERE BUILT BY THE ROMANS.'
'DID YOU KNOW THEM, GRANDPAPA?' by GEORGE BELCHER

'THESE BATHS, M'DEAR, WERE BUILT BY THE ROMANS.' 'DID YOU KNOW THEM, GRANDPAPA?'

LADY   ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE DERBY, MRS COBB?
MRS COBB   I'VE PUT A SHILLING IN THE MOTHERS' UNION SWEEPSTAKE IN THE HOPES THAT I SHAN'T WIN, NOT HOLDIN' WITH GAMBLIN', MUM by GEORGE BELCHER

LADY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE DERBY, MRS COBB? MRS COBB I'VE PUT A SHILLING IN THE MOTHERS' UNION SWEEPSTAKE IN THE HOPES THAT I SHAN'T WIN, NOT HOLDIN' WITH GAMBLIN', MUM

1ST LADY 'LOOK AT THOSE COWS MISS JONES AREN'T THEY LAMBS'
2ND LADY 'YES, PERFECT DUCKS' by GEORGE BELCHER

1ST LADY 'LOOK AT THOSE COWS MISS JONES AREN'T THEY LAMBS' 2ND LADY 'YES, PERFECT DUCKS'

PORTRAIT OF H G WELLS by GEORGE BELCHER

PORTRAIT OF H G WELLS

VISITOR: DO YOU KNOW WHAT REGIMENT IT WAS PASSED BY JUST NOW?
NATIVE: I DON'T RIGHTLY KNOW SIR. I THINK IT WAS THE WEST SOMETHING
VISITOR: WEST RIDING?
NATIVE: NO SIR THEY WAS A WALKING   WASNT 'EM JARGE? by GEORGE BELCHER

VISITOR: DO YOU KNOW WHAT REGIMENT IT WAS PASSED BY JUST NOW? NATIVE: I DON'T RIGHTLY KNOW SIR. I THINK IT WAS THE WEST SOMETHING VISITOR: WEST RIDING? NATIVE: NO SIR THEY WAS A WALKING WASNT 'EM JARGE?

SPORTING FRIEND - I HAD A FINE DAYS HUNTIN' YESTERDAY GEORGE FORTY MINUTES WITHOUT A CHECK
WELL KNOWN ACTOR - THAT'S NOTHING OLD BOY, I'VE BEEN FORTY WEEKS WITHOUT ONE by GEORGE BELCHER

SPORTING FRIEND - I HAD A FINE DAYS HUNTIN' YESTERDAY GEORGE FORTY MINUTES WITHOUT A CHECK WELL KNOWN ACTOR - THAT'S NOTHING OLD BOY, I'VE BEEN FORTY WEEKS WITHOUT ONE

WELL FED AND ILL FED GENTLEMEN by GEORGE BELCHER

WELL FED AND ILL FED GENTLEMEN

BUTCHER  'HAS YOUR HUSBAND GOT ANY WORK, MRS GREEN?'
CUSTOMER 'NO 'E 'AINT DOIN' NOTHIN'. YER SEE 'E'S BIN WAITIN' FOR YEARS EXPECTING TO START ON THE CHANNEL TUNNEL' by GEORGE BELCHER

BUTCHER 'HAS YOUR HUSBAND GOT ANY WORK, MRS GREEN?' CUSTOMER 'NO 'E 'AINT DOIN' NOTHIN'. YER SEE 'E'S BIN WAITIN' FOR YEARS EXPECTING TO START ON THE CHANNEL TUNNEL'

CLASS DISTINCTIONS by GEORGE BELCHER

CLASS DISTINCTIONS

A COMFORTABLE SEAT by GEORGE BELCHER

A COMFORTABLE SEAT

OUTSIDE THE PUB by GEORGE BELCHER

OUTSIDE THE PUB

IF YOU'VE GOT 'ALF A CROWN ON YER I'VE GOT 2 SHILLINGS. WE'LL GO AND BUY A PAIR OF BOOTS by GEORGE BELCHER

IF YOU'VE GOT 'ALF A CROWN ON YER I'VE GOT 2 SHILLINGS. WE'LL GO AND BUY A PAIR OF BOOTS

SCHOOL BOY: 'WHAT TIME IS IT?'
STATION MASTER: '4.44 I'VE TOLD YOU THAT FIVE TIMES ALREADY'
SCHOLLBOY: 'YES BUT I LIKE TO SEE YOUR WISKERS WOBBLE' by GEORGE BELCHER

SCHOOL BOY: 'WHAT TIME IS IT?' STATION MASTER: '4.44 I'VE TOLD YOU THAT FIVE TIMES ALREADY' SCHOLLBOY: 'YES BUT I LIKE TO SEE YOUR WISKERS WOBBLE'