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Punch Cartoon Art - The Bargee (Boats) - Arthur Watts (1931) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"


Arthur George Watts DSO was an illustrator and artist who was killed in an airplane crash in the Swiss Alps.

In 1904 he was providing humorous and other illustrations for papers such as the Tatler, the Bystander, Pearson's Magazine and London Opinion.

His first drawing for Punch, was published in 1912 and his work, particularly cartoons, continued to appear regularly until the time of his death having become a regular feature after 1921.

He also did four drawings a week for the Radio Times; illustrated about a dozen books, including Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield; and designed travel posters for the railways and the London Underground. He edited and illustrated A Painter's Anthology.

Many of Watts' cartoons highlighted the class distinctions that existed in Britain in the nineteen-twenties and thirties. They offered a social commentary and an acute observation of differences in accent, vocabulary, dress, drinking habits and even table manners.

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