Lancaster, Sir Osbert (1908 - 1986)
Sir Osbert Lancaster original cartoon artwork.
At the suggestion of John Rayner, Features Editor of the Daily Express, Sir Osbert Lancaster began drawing single column cartoons for the paper. Lancaster himself coined the phrase ‘pocket’ cartoons; and drew for the Daily Express from 1939 to 1981. The ‘pockets’ feature a case of memorable characters, including Maudie, Countess of Littlehampton, Canon Fontwater and Father O’Bubblegum. Osbert Lancaster was awarded the CBE in 1953 and was knighted in 1975.
"But you must realise, darling, that, owing to temporary and non-recurrent factors operating during the period under review, the figures tend to give an unrepresentative picture of the overall position. Now, after Goodwood....."
"Do you remember, Uncle Longstop, telling us all about the sordid commercialisation of football?"
"If Lord Stansgate gets his way and they do televise the opening of Parliament, I know exactly what'll happen -the Liberals 'll hog the cameras, the Socialists 'll say they've been given the wrong make-up and Lord Hailsham will proclaim he's badly lit."
"Of course, if Lord Eccles gets what he thinks he's going to get by charging us to see our own property, it may almost foot the petrol bill for one Concorde test flight halfway across the Atlantic."
"Personally, I don't think the choice of political speakers is in the least biased - it's just plain morbid."
"You mark my words, any minute now they'll discover that nuclear radiation is terribly good for us, and up will go the rates!"
"I only said I thought the ideal solution would be to sink Peter Masefield in the Thames Estuary and use him as a landing-strip!!"
"Well even if you can't get a commission in Rippon's Light Horse you could always sign on for Lord Longford's Auxliary Brownies!"
"After I told them that we brought eternal greetings from the Freedom Fighters of W.1. they couldn't have been sweeter!"
"Come right in, dear child, but let me warn you that one of these cold nights I'm going to play this scene on strictly traditional lines!"
"Our campaign to eliminate this appalling menace to the nation's health must, of course, be conducted with a certain measure of restraint....."
"I shall know that I've had enough, thank you very much, when I can no longer pronounce 'agonising reappraisal'"