From the Sketch Book of Lawson Wood #2

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Vanwall said...

It's interesting to see this selection of Wood's, and the first for that matter - the usual stuff here in the States has been the more commercial offerings. I wasn't aware of this side of his work - nice brushwork and composition, with a bit of a dark side subject- not as cartoony.

Richard Gibson said...

Hey Rob, I'd never heard of this guy, when I picked up these images I did a quick search and was suprised how prolific he was and how he has a very distinct style, dark side - yes.

How did you come to hear about him?

Vanwall said...

I attempted the career of illustrator in my youth, until I had to eat regular. Wood was a very funny, sometimes cruelly so, cartoonist and painter that was one of that particularly English syle of comics prevelant from the turn of century (Ahem, 20th!) thru the the Second World War - Ally Sloper's 'Alf 'Oliday, Weary Willie and Tired Tim, Puck; Comic Cuts with Tom, the Ticket-of-Leave Man; Dan Leno's; Chips; Beano - Wood and all these others can kind of blend together, altho Wood was distinctive enough to work the higher level mags. I was fortunate to run across the Penguin Book of Comics back then, which led to much research into the English end of the illo world. Wood's humorous stuff could be seen here in the States if you worked hard enough looking, but it wasn't easy.

His monkey pieces were the most common, as they were viewed as most "common", and I wondered how much of an anti-social streak he had - the caveman stuff was using a pretty buckshot approach to commentary. These latest you've found are more painterly, and I'm glad you're digging them up - Wood deserves a bit of exposure.