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Raymond Briggs (1934-2022)

Raymond Redvers Briggs (1934-2022)

Raymond Briggs was born at Wimbledon Park, South London on 18 January 1934, and attended Rutlish School, Merton. His earliest ambition was to be a jouralist, but the illustrations to periodicals, especially
Punch, encouraged him to decide in favour of cartooning. He studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art (1949- 53) and, after National Service, at the Slade School of Fine Art (1955-57).

Turning from painting to illustration, he began to produce children's books and, since 1961, has written many of his own texts. An accomplished draughtsman, he works in line and watercolour, gouache, pencil and crayons. He has twice won the Kate Greenaway medal, for
The Mother Goose Treasury (1966) and Father Christmas (1973), the first book in which he adopted the strip-cartoon format that he has since used frequently.

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