THE ILLUSTRATORS 2018 : MCLACHLAN, EDWARD (Born 1940)

Ed McLachlan

Edward Rolland McLachlan (born 1940)


Ed McLachlan’s cartoons offer a comical but often cutting commentary on modern life. read more...
Ed McLachlan
Edward Rolland McLachlan (born 1940)

Ed McLachlan’s cartoons offer a comical but often cutting commentary on modern life. From his gormless, baggy- suited businessmen to his ungainly bucktoothed women, his undeniably British sense of humour makes him a master of the macabre with an eye for the ridiculous.
In every cleverly observed image, he takes the mundane and delivers the hilariously absurd.


Ed McLachlan was born in Humberstone, Leicestershire, on 22 April 1940, and was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester. He studied at the Leicester College of Art (1956-59), returning to become a lecturer in graphics between 1967 and 1970. McLachlan began his career as a cartoonist as a regular contributor to
Punch in 1961, after he sent them a scrapbook of his cartoons. After going freelance in 1965, he began drawing a series of political cartoons entitled ‘McLachlan’s Views’ in 1966, which ran in the Sunday Mirror until 1970. In 1967, he also began contributing to Private Eye. Political cartoonist for the Evening Standard from 1970, his series ‘Insiders’, ran in the Daily Mirror from 1972 to 1974.

McLachlan has also worked as a book illustrator, and in 1969 wrote and illustrated his own children’s book,
Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings. This grew into a series of four books and later a television series.

In 1980, McLachlan was named Illustrative Cartoonist of the Year by the Cartoonist Club of Great Britain and, in 1997, the Cartoon Art Trust voted him Gag Cartoonist of the Year. A writer and designer of numerous advertising films, he was named Advertising Cartoonist of the year in 1981. In December 2011, the Cartoon Art Trust recognised McLachlan’s talent and contributions with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
THE DECEASED WAS OUR LOCAL IKEA STORE MANAGER by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

THE DECEASED WAS OUR LOCAL IKEA STORE MANAGER

ENID'S HUSBAND WANTED HIS ASHES SCATTERED AT SEA – ACTUALLY, THEY COULDN'T STAND EACH OTHER by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

ENID'S HUSBAND WANTED HIS ASHES SCATTERED AT SEA – ACTUALLY, THEY COULDN'T STAND EACH OTHER

THIS ONE WAS BUILT BY SLAVES FROM SCANDINAVIA by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

THIS ONE WAS BUILT BY SLAVES FROM SCANDINAVIA

FLYING FISH MEUNIERE by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

FLYING FISH MEUNIERE

I JUST KNEW THAT SLOTH WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

I JUST KNEW THAT SLOTH WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS