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John Whitfield Taylor (1908-1985)

John Whitfield Taylor (1908-1985)

John Whitfield Taylor was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on 11 May 1908. He was educated at the Orme Boys' School, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and went on to read French at Manchester University. While there he drew for
Rag Bag, the university paper. He had first showed an interest in cartoons at the age of fourteen when he received a collection of Frank Reynolds' drawings as a Christmas present.

After university Taylor returned to Staffordshire, becoming a schoolteacher in the Potteries. It was during this time that he began to take art lessons from Percy Bradshaw's 'Press Art School', a correspondence course.

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