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Jak (Raymond Allen Jackson) (1927-1997)

Raymond Allen Jackson (1927-1997), known as ‘Jak’

As a result of the work that he produced for the London Evening Standard and the Mail between the 1960s and the 1990s, Jak became one of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists. Though he was a political cartoonist, he attempted to be impartial, and approached his subject from a social angle, by employing widely recognised stereotypes as often as specific caricatures.

Raymond Jackson was born in the Middlesex Hospital, London, on 11 March 1927, the only child of the tailor, Maurice Jackson (formerly Jacobovitz), and his wife, Marie (née Murphy), who also worked in the ‘rag trade’. He was educated at Clipstone Street School, Fitzrovia, and Lyulph Stanley Central School, Camden Town. At the time of the 1939 Register, when he was 12 years old, his parents were living at 132 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, though he was staying in Luton, Bedfordshire (possibly as an evacuee).

When Jackson left school in 1941 at the age of 14, he initially worked as a messenger boy close to home in Great Titchfield Street. However, he soon began to study at the Willesden College of Technology, alongside the illustrator, Peter Jackson.

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