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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.