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Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970)

Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970)

H M Bateman established his inimitable style before the First World War when, as he put it, he ‘went mad on paper’, by drawing people’s mood and character. This culminated in ‘The Man Who ...’, his famous series of cartoons dramatising social gaffes.

Henry Mayo Bateman was born at Sutton Forest in New South Wales, Australia, on 15 February 1887, the elder of two children of English parents, the farmer turned export packager, Henry Charles Bateman, and his wife, (Amelia) Rose Mayo (formerly Brooks). A year after his birth, he returned with his family to England, and settled at Moss Vale, St Julian’s Farm Road, Lambeth, South London.

Bateman was educated at Forest Hill House, South London. Given the freedom to develop his artistic leaning from an early age, he left school at the age of 16, and attended Westminster School of Art and then Goldsmiths’ College. Influenced by
Comic Cuts and Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday, he made contributions to Scraps (1903) and The Tatler (1904).

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