Punch Cartoon Art - Punch Almanack 1948 - Ionicus (Joshua Armitage) (1948) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Joshua Charles Armitage was an English illustrator under the pen name Ionicus.
He may be known best for illustrating the covers of Penguin paperback editions of books by P. G. Wodehouse, though he contributed cartoons and drawings to Punch for more than 40 years, and provided cover designs and text illustrations for nearly 400 books in total.
He took the name Ionicus for his first cartoon that was published in Punch, 29 March 1944, after two ionic columns in the drawing. Over 40 years he contributed 358 drawings to the magazine.
During his wartime service in the British Navy he also contributed to the Admiralty-sponsored monthly magazine Ditty Box.