Saturday, 9 May 2009

Camera Critters??? Our Love of Animals.

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This cartoon is drawn by the British cartoonist Pont.He is considered to be one of the most eminent prewar Punch artists. His work is amusing, alive and according to himself characteristic of the British. But I think the Dutch are not much different!!! This cartoon shows how fond we are of animals, pets like dogs and cats. Sometimes we exaggerate our love in such a way that the animals occupy the house, your couches, easy chairs and even your beds. Pont calls this specific cartoon: "A Tendency to become Doggy"!

In wikipedia it says:"(Gavin) Graham Laidler (1908–1940) was born on 4 July 1908 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England at 6 Osborne Road, Jesmond. His father died when Laidler was 13 and the family moved south, eventually settling in Jordans, Buckinghamshire.

Under the name ‘Pont’, Laidler became one of the most original talents in the history of Punch. He is perhaps most famous for his series on the ‘British Character’ . This was published as a book in 1938. Another book The British Carry On (1940) portrayed the atmosphere of the phoney war. A famous example shows a placid scene in a country pub, where the radio is tuned to the German propaganda station: 'Meanwhile in Britain, the entire population, faced by the threat of an invasion, has been flung into a state of complete panic.’ 'At Home', and 'Popular Misconceptions' were also successful series, but by the end of his brief career he was also developing a striking new approach, moving away from the detailed, large drawings to economical, one or two figure sketches with pithy captions. Pont died of poliomyelitis on 23 November 1940."

Camera Critters is hosted by Misty Dawn. Thank you so much Misty Dawn.We all enjoy seeing and talking about animals. All creatures great and small give us much pleasure.If you want to see more Camera Critters click on the logo in the side bar.


Indrani said...

Wonderful take on the meme, a very informative post. The sketches so descriptive, I enjoyed seeing it. Sad that he died so young.

Arkansas Patti said...

I can so relate to that cartoon. Being half English, I guess that is where my love of animals comes from.
Now that polio is a thing of the past, it is hard to remember that it did take lives and was such a threat.

Tammy said...

That's a whole lotta dogs! I LOVE YOUR HEADER!!!

i beati said...

That header makes it for me every week..sandy

Elizabeth said...

I think our house is getting to look a bit like this!

Vicki Lane said...

Definitely looks like our house -- we have six dogs and two cats and have indeed become somewhat doggy.

Thanks, Reader Wil -- interesting to learn about this cartoonist.

Arija said...

Wil, this is such a delightful cartoon series. The English certainly know how to laugh at themselves and their quirkiness.
Deliciously quirky humour.
Happy Mothers Day!

Cloudia said...

Wil, you have a dear heart. i love you like a puppy!

Etje said...

Wat de bloem van op mijn blog betrefd (gisteren), ik weet daar de naam ook niet van maar vind het wel mooi.

Fijne zondag.

Karen said...

I can really identify with that cartoon !! :-)

I love British style humour... but then, I also grew up with it being from NZ. I find that sometimes Americans, really don't understand my sense of humour :-)

Great infoemation on the cartoonist.

Thumbelina said...

A brilliant critter shot - with superb background research. And it is so true - I have cats all over the chairs and beds. I do move them, but it is funny that if they leave a chair free, I tend to sit on that rather than move them off the one I want. I only move them when no seats are free. :)

Miss_Yves said...

En France aussi, on peut être "gaga"de ses animaux de compagnie !(registre familier)
Dessin très incisif.
Merci de votre visite.

storyteller said...

Entertaining and informative post! Wonderful 'take' for Camera Critters.
Hugs and blessings,