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Gould, Sir Francis Carruthers (1844 - 1925)

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould original cartoon artwork.

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould was a self-taught caricaturist who joined the Pall Mall Gazette in 1887, becoming the first-ever staff political cartoonist on a daily newspaper. In 1893, he joined the Westminster Gazette and subsequently became acting assistant editor as well as cartoonist. In 1894, Gould founded his own monthly journal, Picture Politics, which ran for 20 years. Politically he was a dedicated Liberal, described by Lord Rosebery as ‘one of the most remarkable assets of the Liberal Party’. He was knighted after the Liberal victory in 1906. Gould’s caricatures were never too savage, he claimed ‘I etch with vinegar, not vitriol’. During the First World War, he designed a series of Toby Jug caricatures, ‘Prominent Personages of the Great War’, including Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George, Haig and Foch.