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British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel Blimp. See blimp2.

Summary Article: Low, David (Alexander Cecil) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
New Zealand-born British political cartoonist. He worked for various newspapers but is chiefly associated with the London Evening Standard; during the period 1927–50 he was Britain's leading political cartoonist. Admired for his bold draughtsmanship as well as his perceptiveness of contemporary events, his creations included "Colonel Blimp", a personification of complacent, old-fashioned values, and the TUC Carthorse. He was knighted in 1962. Low's work is remarkably free from the conventional devices of the professional cartoonist, and in his drawings of celebrities in various walks of life, which appeared in the New Statesman, he showed a gift for genially humorous portraiture. During the 1930s and 1940s, his appeals to national sentiment were founded on an understanding of the principal political figures of the period, from Churchill, Baldwin, and Chamberlain to...    Continue Reading

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