h1 classbiography Henry Bateman (1887 - 1970)h1Henry Mayo Bateman (1887 - 1970) was a British humorous artist and cartoonist he produced artwork for Punch Tatler and many other magazines besides including the Illustrated Sporting News and Dramatic News and Pearsons Weekly. Taken from www.hmbateman.com- Born in 1887 Bateman was already drawing for publication in his early teens. Astonishingly prolific and inventive everything he saw became material so that his work can be read as a social history of Britain in the first half of the 20th Century and to an extraordinary degree as a kind of autobiography. His family and friends his trips to the fair to the seaside abroad his passions for the Music Hall for tap-dancing for boxing for fishing for golf his desperate experiences in the First World War his car his house his vacuum-cleaner his triumphs and disasters over many years - all find their way in to his cartoons. His style developed and changed radically over the years. From the graceful and rhythmical lines of his earlier work to the stark brilliance of his strip cartoons and the furious energy of his Man Who ... series his essential qualities of superb draughtsmanship astonishing observation and a profound appreciation of humanitys foibles are always married to a wonderful wit and narrative perfection. He told marvelously funny stories in pictures.