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Belcher, George Frederick Arthur (1875 – 1947)

George Belcher original cartoon artwork.

George Belcher studied at the Gloucester School of Art. He drew for the Punch Almanac from 1906 and for Punch itself regularly from 1911. Belcher exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1909. Inspired by the work of Phil May and Charles Keene, Belcher also contributed to the Daily Graphic, The Tatler and Vanity Fair. R.G.G. Price, the author of A History of Punch has argued that: "He (Belcher) drew the poor as a kindly gentleman who paid them to come and be drawn by him, not, like Phil May, as someone sketching the neighbours". Fougasse described Belcher as "Phil May in chalk" but then went onto say he drew with "simple but beautifully observed line work to which the chalk gave richness and fullness."