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Giles: One of the Family - Cartoon Museum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of over 80 original drawings from the Giles collection at the British Cartoon Archive, Giles – One of the Family, will be on display at The Cartoon Museum from November 5, 2008 to February 8, 2009.

Voted Britain’s favourite cartoonist of the 20th Century, the exhibition brings together old favourites as well as new discoveries.

Giles or to give him his full name, Ronald “Carl” Giles, was born in 1916. His cartoons, in which he used his cartoon family to illustrate and comment on topical issues, appeared in the Daily Express.

The most famous member of his cartoon family is probably Grandma, the indomitable matriarch – or battleaxe, if you prefer. But there’s also Mother and Father and their children George, Ann, Carol, Ernie and Bridget. And among their pets are Grandma’s parrot, Butch the dog and a black cat called Natalie.

Other characters include Chalkie, the skeletal schoolmaster who is said to be modelled on one of Giles’ own teachers; and Larry, the mop-haired child from next door.

Giles died on August 28, 1995.

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