Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird, 1887 – 1965)

‘When we plan our new world, let’s give a thought to animals too’



11 x 11 cm

Cyril Kenneth Bird, under the name Fougasse, was a British cartoonist. He was art editor of Punch 1937 – 1949, and subsequently editor until 1953. He is best known for his ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ series of posters, and produced many other posters for the Ministry of Information and London Underground. His pen and ink cartoons for Punch are some of his gentlest and funniest works.

What is less widely known about Fougasse is that he was a keen animal welfare activist. He became the chairman of the Universities’ Federation for Animal Welfare after the war, and illustrated many of the Federation’s campaigns. This label is one such illustration, and encourages the post-war re-evaluation of society to take into account the welfare of animals as well as that of humans.

Condition: good. Small soft crease to top right corner.

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