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David Low (1891-1963)

Sir David Alexander Cecil Low (1891-1963)

David Low was considered the most outstanding British political cartoonist of his generation. Able to capture recognisable likenesses with great economy, he produced the definitive image of a number of leading figures of the day. And he did so with a subtle combination of ridicule and insight, rather than exaggeration and condemnation. A key feature of his approach was the use of such symbols as the strong but stubborn TUC carthorse and the reactionary Englishman, Colonel Blimp.

David Low was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 7 April 1891, the third son of four children of the businessman, David Brown Low, and his wife, Jane (née Flanagan). Educated at the Boys’ High School, Christchurch, he made his debut with the Christchurch political weekly,
The Spectator, at the age of 11 and, in 1908, became the paper’s political cartoonist.

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