The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

June 1, 2016

June 1, 1936

Gerald Scarfe (born 1 June 1936) is an English illustrator.  According to his website

"Gerald Scarfe has now been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for 44 years, and has also worked for The New Yorker magazine for 21 years."

Scarfe was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

And this news item is charming: Newly found fossil named after Gerald Scarfe
Posted on November 21, 2011

Gerald’s iconic drawing of Margaret Thatcher as the ‘Torydactyl’ inspired David Martill, a Portsmouth University palaeontologist, to name the newly discovered cousin of the pterodactyl after him. The new pterosaur species has been called Cuspicephalus scarfi, because the fossil’s unusually pointy head reminded Dr Martill of the cartoon.

Below is a sample of a Scarfe cat:

This is titled  "Unusually repulsive cat startled by a gesture of affection".  And below an adorable scene.

Gerald Scarfe has discussed modeling his art on Ronald Searle's and these next two thumbnails let you compare them. The difference is for one thing, that Scarfe is always writing about people really, and roughly, but Searle has first seen the the dearness of the cat, and that shines through.

Searle cats

Scarfe cats below

Scarfe has been compared to Swift, and to Cruikshank. You can be a great artist, though, (and I like Scarfe,) and not be the calibre of Jonathan Swift, or Ronald Searle. 

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