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1951*1st* US - Fougasse(Methuen & Co. Ltd) hardback dust jacket

1951*1st* US - Fougasse(Methuen & Co. Ltd) hardback dust jacket

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Cyril Kenneth Bird, also known by his pen name Fougasse, was an English cartoonist and illustrator. He was born on 17 December 1887 in London, England, and died on 11 March 1965.

Bird began his career as a journalist, but soon discovered his talent for drawing cartoons. He started working for Punch magazine in 1914, where he gained recognition for his witty and satirical illustrations. Bird became known for his signature style, which often featured sparse lines and simple yet effective visual gags.

During the First World War, Bird served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he continued to draw cartoons to boost morale among the troops. His work during this time led to him being appointed as an official war artist, contributing to various publications and propaganda efforts.

After the war, Bird continued his career as a cartoonist, working for various newspapers and magazines, including The Evening Standard and The Tatler. He also illustrated several books and designed posters for government campaigns.

In 1949, Bird was appointed as the first official cartoonist to the British Royal Air Force, a role he held until his retirement in 1963. Throughout his career, Bird's cartoons provided social commentary and humor, often focusing on the everyday struggles and absurdities of life.

Cyril Kenneth Bird left a lasting legacy in the world of cartooning and illustration. His contribution to the art form earned him numerous awards and honors, including being appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1951. Today, his work continues to be celebrated for its humor, wit, and timeless appeal.

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