ROY ULLYETT OBE (1914-2001)

Roy Ullyett

Royden Ullyett, OBE (1914-2001)


Over his long and prolific career, Roy Ullyett established himself as ‘the greatest sports cartoonist of his generation’ (in the words of read more...

Roy Ullyett
Royden Ullyett, OBE (1914-2001)

Over his long and prolific career, Roy Ullyett established himself as ‘the greatest sports cartoonist of his generation’ (in the words of Mark Bryant’s obituary in the
Independent). Where possible, he drew quickly, on the spot, and in brush and ink.

Roy Ullyett was born in Leytonstone, Essex, on 16 March 1914, the son of the Secretary-Manager of Slazenger, the sports equipment manufacturer. His mother was the granddaughter of the landscape painter, John Glover. He grew up in Southend-on-Sea but, like his two brothers, was educated as a boarder at Earls Colne Grammar School. While there he made his first cartoons, of his teachers, publishing one at the age of 13 in the school magazine, The Colonian. Three years later, he went to work in the art department of a commercial printing company.

Soon after selling a cartoon to the
Southend Times in 1932, Ullyett became a freelance cartoonist, and began to contribute to other publications, including Wireless Weekly and, more significantly, The Era, for which he drew caricatures of actors and music hall performers. Then, in 1934, he joined the London evening newspaper, the Star, as sports cartoonist, beating Barry Appleby to the position, and drawing inspiration from the work of Tom Webster, who drew sports cartoons for the Daily Mirror.

During the Second World War, Ullyett switched from the Army to the RAF, and, serving as a pilot, grew what would become his trademark handlebar moustache. In 1945, he returned to the
Star, while also drawing strips and a regular sports cartoon for the Sunday Pictorial, under the pseudonym, ‘Berryman’. The editor-in-chief of both the Sunday Pictorial and Daily Mirror, Hugh Cudlipp, offered him a position on the latter. However, he accepted a better offer from Arthur Christiansen, editor of the Daily Express, and worked for that paper from 1953 until his retirement in 1998. Christiansen dubbed him one of his ‘Four Musketeers’, the others being Michael Cummings, Carl Giles and Sir Osbert Lancaster. It is believed that by the time that he retired he had published approximately 25,000 cartoons. At the close of his career, he published While There’s Still Lead in my Pencil, an autobiography written with the help of Norman Giller.

A founder member of the British Cartoonists’ Association in 1966, Ullyett received an OBE for his charity work in 1989. He died in Southend on 20 October 2001.

His work is represented in the collections of the British Golf Museum (St Andrews).

Further reading: Mark Bryant,
Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Cartoonists and Caricaturists, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000, page 229

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"IF IT'S ANY HELP, BALLESTEROS WOULD TAKE HIS NO.8 AND PUT THE BALL AND THE TREE ON TO THE GREEN" by ROY ULLYETT

"IF IT'S ANY HELP, BALLESTEROS WOULD TAKE HIS NO.8 AND PUT THE BALL AND THE TREE ON TO THE GREEN"

INDIAN ROPE TRICK by ROY ULLYETT

INDIAN ROPE TRICK

FIRST BIT OF BRIGHT NEWS FOR MONTHS AND YOU PASS OUT WITH THE SHOCK! by ROY ULLYETT

FIRST BIT OF BRIGHT NEWS FOR MONTHS AND YOU PASS OUT WITH THE SHOCK!

STAY WHERE YOU ARE. PERSONALLY, I CONSIDER YOU WERE BOWLED AND CAUGHT BEHIND BEFORE SITTING ON YOUR WICKET BUT I'D LIKE A SECOND OPINION by ROY ULLYETT

STAY WHERE YOU ARE. PERSONALLY, I CONSIDER YOU WERE BOWLED AND CAUGHT BEHIND BEFORE SITTING ON YOUR WICKET BUT I'D LIKE A SECOND OPINION

YOU MIGHT SAY, HE'S TO MUSIC WHAT IAN BOTHAM IS TO ENGLAND CRICKET by ROY ULLYETT

YOU MIGHT SAY, HE'S TO MUSIC WHAT IAN BOTHAM IS TO ENGLAND CRICKET

THE TEST.  SID O'LINN HAVING SCORED 27 RUNS IN 2 HRS, 54 MINS, A NASTY RUMOUR SPREAD THAT HE'D BEEN "GOT AT".  ALL POLICE NOT ENGAGED ROUNDING UP DOPE RINGS IN RACING STABLES WERE RUSHED TO OLD TRAFFORD. by ROY ULLYETT

THE TEST. SID O'LINN HAVING SCORED 27 RUNS IN 2 HRS, 54 MINS, A NASTY RUMOUR SPREAD THAT HE'D BEEN "GOT AT". ALL POLICE NOT ENGAGED ROUNDING UP DOPE RINGS IN RACING STABLES WERE RUSHED TO OLD TRAFFORD.

YOU REALISE THIS MEANS WE ACTUALLY WATCH THE CRICKET OR STAY HOME AND LOOK AT THE WIFE! by ROY ULLYETT

YOU REALISE THIS MEANS WE ACTUALLY WATCH THE CRICKET OR STAY HOME AND LOOK AT THE WIFE!

I UNDERSTAND A PRODUCTIVITY DEAL WAS SUGGESTED BUT ONLY IAN BOTHAM VOTED IN FAVOUR! by ROY ULLYETT

I UNDERSTAND A PRODUCTIVITY DEAL WAS SUGGESTED BUT ONLY IAN BOTHAM VOTED IN FAVOUR!

POLITICS! POLITICS! WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS A CRICKET BROADCAST ON BEHALF OF THE MCC TOURING PARTY! by ROY ULLYETT

POLITICS! POLITICS! WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS A CRICKET BROADCAST ON BEHALF OF THE MCC TOURING PARTY!

THE SPIRIT OF AUSSIE AND WEST INDIES' FAST BOWLERS by ROY ULLYETT

THE SPIRIT OF AUSSIE AND WEST INDIES' FAST BOWLERS

THE SECOND TEST by ROY ULLYETT

THE SECOND TEST

DISAPPOINTING GATE MR PACKER. 28 TO WATCH THE CRICKET AND 1,802 OLD MEN IN RAINCOATS TO WATCH YOUR BIKINI GIRLS by ROY ULLYETT

DISAPPOINTING GATE MR PACKER. 28 TO WATCH THE CRICKET AND 1,802 OLD MEN IN RAINCOATS TO WATCH YOUR BIKINI GIRLS

IF THIS WEATHER DOESN'T CHANGE SOON, THERE'LL HAVE BEEN NO NEED TO BOTHER! by ROY ULLYETT

IF THIS WEATHER DOESN'T CHANGE SOON, THERE'LL HAVE BEEN NO NEED TO BOTHER!

BEFORE YOU START, ARE YOU ALL SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOUR CAPTAIN IS FOR THIS TEST? by ROY ULLYETT

BEFORE YOU START, ARE YOU ALL SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOUR CAPTAIN IS FOR THIS TEST?

GAD SIR! IF THAT APPLIED TO TEST CRICKETERS A FEW OF OURS WOULD ARRIVE HOME SKINT FROM AUSTRALIA! by ROY ULLYETT

GAD SIR! IF THAT APPLIED TO TEST CRICKETERS A FEW OF OURS WOULD ARRIVE HOME SKINT FROM AUSTRALIA!

ENGLISH WEATHER NEVER FAILS. I'M ALL READY FOR TOMORROW'S START OF THE CRICKET SEASON by ROY ULLYETT

ENGLISH WEATHER NEVER FAILS. I'M ALL READY FOR TOMORROW'S START OF THE CRICKET SEASON

SIXTH SERIES: SPORTS CARTOONS BY ROY ULLYETT OF THE DAILY EXPRESS by ROY ULLYETT

SIXTH SERIES: SPORTS CARTOONS BY ROY ULLYETT OF THE DAILY EXPRESS

FOOTBALLER QUITS by ROY ULLYETT

FOOTBALLER QUITS

EVEN IF YOU 'ADN'T GOT A PROGRAMME  YOU'D KNOW IT WASN'T ENGLAND VERSUS SCOTLAND by ROY ULLYETT

EVEN IF YOU 'ADN'T GOT A PROGRAMME YOU'D KNOW IT WASN'T ENGLAND VERSUS SCOTLAND

IF JOHN MCENROE GETS THROUGH, WHO'S HE MOST LIKELY TO INSULT IN THE FINAL by ROY ULLYETT

IF JOHN MCENROE GETS THROUGH, WHO'S HE MOST LIKELY TO INSULT IN THE FINAL

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