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Pont (Graham Laidler ARIBA) (1908-1940)


Graham Laidler, ARIBA (1908-1940), known as 'Pont'

Following in the
Punch tradition of George Du Maurier and Frank Reynolds, Graham ‘Pont’ Laidler excelled at satirising the British middle classes. Before his premature death at the age of just 32, Laidler had established a reputation as one of the finest cartoonists of the twentieth century with his acute observations of ‘the British Character’.

Graham Laidler was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 4 July 1908, the only son of George Laidler, proprietor of a distinguished firm of painters and decorators. He was educated at the Newcastle upon Tyne Preparatory School and later at Trinity College, Glenalmond, Perth. When Laidler was 13, the death of his father prompted the family to move south and settle in the village of Jordans, Buckinghamshire. He started drawing cartoons when still a schoolboy and was determined to earn his living in that way.

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