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Michael ffolkes (1925-1988)

Michael ffolkes (1925-1988)

An adept watercolourist who worked with a free-flowing, sensual line, Michael ffolkes produced elegant, stylish and flamboyant cartoons, often featuring mythological subjects and adorned with large, sexy ladies.

Michael ffolkes was born Brian Davis in London on 6 June 1925, the son of Walter Lawrence Davis, a commercial artist. He attended Leigh Hall College, a boarding school in Essex, before studying under John Farleigh at St Martin’s School of Art from 1941 to 1943. In 1942, aged 17, he had his first cartoon published in
Punch. On leaving college, Davis worked in various commercial art studios, before joining the Royal Navy in 1943, where he served as a telegraphist in the Far East. Following the end of the Second World War, he returned to his studies, enrolling at Chelsea School of Art in 1946.

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