Edgar Norfield – Great moments in a girl’s life # 10

Another one in the series from London Opinion March 1947 p29. Notice how the shape of the woman in question is formed. A simple curve and letraset filling the form.The banker also appears to be completed in drybrush. I love the fact (or maybe it’s just me) how Norfield places the hands and in my mind I associate draughts in unpleasant places!

London Opinion 1947 Mar p29

Mark Garfitt kindly sent me this picture from a calendar from 1938 – see his comment below!!!

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“They make us smile” – Lee (1901-1975)

This time Bradshaw brings us an overview of a lovely artist I had never met before this – Lee.

Millions of people would not have known his full name was Joseph Lee (from Leeds). These pages come from London Opinion 1941 (February). We have the Cartoon Trust (based at the University of Kent Canterbury) to thank for a biography – which apparently is taken from these very pages – with a wrong reference!


London Opinion 1941 Feb pp066-067

London Opinion 1941 Feb pp068-069

London Opinion 1941 Feb pp070-071


London Opinion 1941 Feb pp072-073

I thought it worth giving you a glimpse of the risqué photos that this magazine included as the article ends on the opposite page. I like Lee’s art style – bold clean lines, affectionate caricatures and jokes I think, may need explanation but at the time I’m sure were easy to understand.

The first on rationing everywhere; a reference to the much smaller Anderson shelters used by people in their back gardens – the rich in this picture need to drive in!; the third I think still works; the fourth – a decorated toff obviously knew about being fired on – maybe not directly – in the First World War; the bunnies still works and finally Dad is overjoyed that in rationing he has found a treasure!

Interesting cartoons exemplifying the times of all pulling together and still sharing a joke about ‘them others’.



Brian Lewis: All About Science #12 – Mendel

The thing that always hits me when looking at Lewis’ art is his references must have been hard to come by. He could easily get children to pose for him, but Czech architecture? National dress? Mendel himself? You might be surprised to learn a photo exists of Mendel. Have a look at this old video on YouTube for an interesting documentary.