Norman Mansbridge

Norman Mansbridge, the son of Arthur Mansbridge, an illustrator and writer, was born in Wanstead on 22nd July 1911. After leaving school he was apprenticed to a commercial art studio, he spent several years in advertising before becoming a freelance cartoonist, contributing his first drawing to Punch Magazine in 1937.

In 1939 he produced the drawings for the book, Adolf in Blunderland. In the book Adolf Hitler is Alice, Neville Chamberlain is the caterpillar and Heinrich Himmler is the Queen of Hearts. During the Second World War he served in the Auxiliary Fire Service and was later a radio officer in the Merchant Navy.

After the war Mansbridge provided cartoons for News Chronicle, Sunday Times, Lilliput, Daily Sketch and The Birmingham Post before becoming the political cartoonist for Punch Magazine. He was also one of the founder members of the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain in 1966.

Norman Mansbridge died on 6th March 1993.