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Cleaver, Reginald Thomas (1870 - 1954)

Reginald Thomas Cleaver original cartoon artwork

Cleaver first started contributing illustrations to the Graphic from 1887. In 1890, he joined the newly launched Daily Graphic (the first illustrated daily newspaper) and quickly established a new school of pictorial news reporting. He also contributed to Pearson's, Strand, and Punch (1891 – 1937). A specialist in parliamentary scenes for his illustration work on the Daily Graphic, his cartoons were mostly of a social nature. James Thorpe, in his book The Illustrators, called him 'an accurate draughtsman with great mastery of the pen, a clean, sure, open line, a great gust of portraiture and a sense of humour.'