I love the Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street. I rarely go to the British Museum without popping in: it’s just round the corner. Earlier this year they held exhibitions celebrating 30 years of VIZ and the art of Ronald Searle. I went to three of the associated talks, every one a treat.
Currently they have an exhibition on Kenneth Bird, ‘Fougasse’ (1887-1965). A Londoner, Bird was badly wounded in World War I, and while convalescing he submitted his first cartoon to Punch. He subsequently became a regular and went on to be one of our most celebrated propaganda and public information poster designers, particularly during World War II. He was also the only cartoonist to become editor of Punch.
I don’t need to tell you more, because it’s all here.
The museum is also hosting two talks, on the evenings of 13 October and 10 November. Book early because the space is tiny, about 40 seats I reckon.
Update: The Cartoon Museum have kindly allowed us to use this image. I like his clean style and distinctive lettering.