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The Cartoon Museum takes a look back at Britain

Published: Tuesday 10th of June 2008

Until July 27th, visitors to the Cartoon Museum can view some of the best work of a very British cartoonist.

Although he died young - at the age of 32 - Graham Laidler left behind a rich legacy of illustrated observations about Britain in the 1930s.

Known by his pseudonym Pont, Laidler drew more than a hundred cartoons for The British Character series which was featured in Punch magazine.

While many of Laidler's cartoons depict aspects of a bygone Britain, others highlight national idiosyncrasies that persist to this day.

Gems among the collection include 'A Weakness for Oak Beams', 'Love of Keeping Calm', 'Tendency to leave the Washing up till later' and 'The Attitude to Fresh Air'.

London Pass holders can receive free entry to this highly entertaining London tourist attraction, which contains a wealth of cartoons dating back to the 17th century.

The Cartoon Museum also offers adult lectures and exclusive courses on cartoons and their social significance.

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