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From article in History Today, Colonel Blimp's England.
David Low, 1891-1963, the cartoonist, was born in New Zealand and raised in Christchurch by Scottish-Irish parents who fostered his independence, as did the Antipodean radical tradition. As a child, English half-penny comics, such as Chips, Comic Cuts, Larks, and Ally Sloper's Half Holiday, attracted him to caricature. A self-taught artist, Low's discovery in Punch of Keene, Sambourne, and especially, Phil May, stimulated him to refine his style. At eleven he sold his first cartoon. Soon after he was hired by the Christchurch Spectator. At sixteen he joined the Sketcher, whose proprietor, Fred Rayner, taught him to draw from life. Low systematically sent his work abroad, and in 1911 the Sydney Bulletin lured him to their Melbourne office. At the Bulletin, a nursery for cartoonists and radical journalists, Low refined his ideas, techniques and style, stimulated by such cartoonists as Alf Vincent, Will Dyson and Norman Lindsay. [Author of Age of Consent] Low's best-selling Billy Book, which teased Australia's wartime prime minister, provoked Arnold Bennett to bring Low to the Cadbury newspapers' attention.
Low came to London to the Star in Autumn 1919. His clear moral and political viewpoint, visual and verbal satire, and technical mastery, enlivened Eglish editorial cartooning. In 1927 Beaverbrook enticed Low to his Evening Standard. In the 1930s Low introduced Colonel Blimp to the public as part of a one-man campaign against the tragic muddle of those locust years. His cartoons were syndicated world-wide and censored in Germany and Italy. They were a major influence on public opinion. Feeling stale, Low left the Standard in 1950 for a short, unhappy stay with the Daily Herald. He spent his final years with the Manchester Guardian, and was knighted for his work in 1962.
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