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René Bull (1872-1942)

René Bull (1869-1942)

René Bull was an innovative and wide-ranging cartoonist and illustrator, who distinguished himself in three separate areas. He introduced the Caran d'Ache style into Britain, and began a series of inventions' that looks forward to the work of Heath Robinson. He produced visual reports on international conflicts as a 'special artist for Black & White. And he was an assured illustrator of fiction for both children and adults.

René Bull was born in Dublin on 11 December 1869, the eldest of four children of Bedford-born Cornelius Bull, owner of a firm of church furnishers, and his French wife, Gabrielle (née Joune). His younger brother was the pioneering chronophotographer, Lucien George Bull.

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