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Malcolm Muggeridge

Marc (Mark Boxer) (1931-1988)


Signed and inscribed with title

Pen and ink

9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1894-2020', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2020-January 2021, No 168

Malcolm Muggeridge

Always critical of contemporary society, the journalist and satirist, Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), moved from an independent socialist point of view to a right-wing religious one. He was deputy editor of the
Daily Telegraph (1950-52) and a controversial editor of Punch (1953-57). Following the notorious article, ‘Does England Really Need a Queen?’, published in the American magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, in 1957, he moved into broadcasting, appearing regularly on BBC television’s Panorama and producing religious documentaries, including Something Beautiful for God (1969), about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As result of her influence, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1982. This is referenced in Mark Boxer’s drawing by the rosary that Muggeridge fingers.

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