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Punch Cartoon Art - Cover Art - Man underwater swimming with frog in background - Ed McClachlan (1963) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"


Ed McLachlan is a British cartoonist.

In 1961 he sent a scrapbook of cartoons to Punch, and they bought one for seven guineas. McLachlan remembered thinking "Seven guineas for an hour's work? Gee, there's got to be something wrong here." Three weeks later, when they took seven cartoons, he decided he must be a cartoonist. He became a regular contributor to Punch, including covers.

In 1966 he began drawing a series of political cartoons for the Sunday Mirror, under the heading "McLachlan's View". In 1967 he also began contributing to Private Eye, and from 1967 to 1970 he was a lecturer in graphics at Leicester College of Art.

When his Sunday Mirror series ended in 1970, he transferred to the London Evening Standard as political cartoonist. In 1972 he began drawing a series of pocket cartoons for the Daily Mirror, entitled "Insiders", which lasted until 1974.

McLachlan's cartoons have also appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, Mail on Sunday, Investor's Chronicle, New Statesman, Stern, Tomorrow, Playboy, and Ad Weekly. He has also worked for several book publishers, has drawn for advertising, and , designed and written more than three hundred commercial advertising films, for firms including Dunlop, Renault Cars, Alka Seltzer, Hamlet, and BASF. In 1969 he wrote and illustrated the children's book Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, which was very popular and became the first of a series.

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