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Footage shows classic cartoonist living in village

 Published on: 3rd May 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Every so often we like travel back in time and look at the rich history of Pinner and its residents.

This month, we take a look at a 1938 video showing Artist Gilbert Wilkinson while he was living in the village.

The video, courtesy of newsreel archive British Pathé, depicts a day in the life of the highly respected artist during his time in Pinner Hills, in which he spends time with his children, Ian and Janet, along with their dog, Pickles.

The well-known artist, who died in his Pinner home in 1965, had his most notable career moments during the Second World War, when he drew the daily topical sequence, What a War! for the Daily Herald, featuring characters such as Panicky Perce, Ruby Rumour and Gertie Gestapo.

This continued in peacetime as What a Life!, and in 1959 Wilkinson completed his 6,000th cartoon.

In 1963 he admitted that producing six cartoons a week was essentially “trying the impossible”, but on the demise of the Daily Herald in 1964 the series was nevertheless continued in The Sun.

In all, Wilkinson drew nearly 8,000 cartoons for these two papers, according to the University of Kent’s British Cartoon Archive.

On a more personal level, the artist was said to constantly have his tongue out while concentrating on his sketches and also used to imitate the mannerisms of the characters he drew as he did so.

His talent, which helped him finish much of his work in mere minutes, was clearly in the genes as the video shows Ian, who was seven, colouring in a ship sketch.

Picture courtesy of British Pathé

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