Friday, 14 September 2018

Lawson Wood – part 6

Lawson Wood was born on 23 August 1878 in Highgate, London, the son of landscape artist Pinhorn Wood, and the grandson of architectural artist L.J. Wood. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and Frank Calderon's School of Animal Painting.
Lawson Wood gained immense popularity with his humorous drawings of comic policemen, dinosaurs, prehistoric and Stone Age characters, and apes and monkeys often seen performing absurd antics against immaculate, dead-pan backgrounds. Eventually Gran'pop, the artful ginger ape and the rest of the chimpanzee family were to bring him fame on both sides of the Atlantic. The Gran'pop's Annuals were a yearly excursion into comic absurdities that were popular around the world. 

For more information on Wood see part 1, and for earlier works, see parts 1 - 5 also.

This is part 6 of a 10-part series on the works of Lawson Wood:

1930s Gran'pop Series Postcards continued from part 5:



Percy is entered for the Point to Point.

Physical Jerks.
Culture physique.

Physical Jerks
watercolour and gouache on tinted paper
43.2 x 31.7 cm

Raising the wind.

Say A-a-a-ah!

"Step on it, Horace!"

"Tell Mother it isn't worth it"

The 19th "hole."

The finishing touch.

The last straw!
Quelle couche!

The Spring cruise at Gib.–
 An Atomic Submarine.

Tough nuts.

1930s Lawson Wood's Annual
published by Dean

1931c Lawson Wood's Fun Fair
published by Arundel Prints, London

1932 Collier's magazine
November 12, 1932

1932 Collier's magazine
September 24, 1932

1933 Collier's magazine
July 15, 1933

1933 Collier's magazine
March 25, 1933

1933 Collier's magazine
September 16, 1933


1933 The Old Nursery Rhymes
published by Thomas Nelson and Sons

1933 The Old Nursery Rhymes 
published by Thomas Nelson and Sons

1934 Gran'pop gets his own back after being left out of "The Sketch" beauty number, by holding his own beauty show
 watercolour and gouache 34.3 x 29.8 cm
The Sketch 16 May 1934

1934 The Sketch magazine cover
September 1934

1935 Collier's magazine
July 1935

1935c "Now," said Gran'pop, "all stand clear, this rocket's for the stratosphere."
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 27.9 cm
1936 De Stad Panorama August 
magazine cover

1936 De Stad Panorama October
magazine cover

1936 Monkeys

1937 Collier's magazine
July 17, 1937

1937 Collier's magazine
May 1, 1937

1937 De Stad Amsterdam magazine cover
December 9 1937

1937 Ons Land Panorama magazine cover
May 27 1937 

1938 Calendar
Rich Chevrolet, Inc., Huntington, West VA

1939 'S-Gravenhage in Beeld Panorama
March 9 1939 magazine cover

1939 Collier's magazine
February 4, 1939

1939 Collier's magazine
September 30, 1939

1939 De Stad Amsterdam Panorama
July 1939 magazine cover


Jeepers! Reapers
1939 Illustrated magazine
16 September 1939

1939 Swinging it
lithographic print

1940 Collier's magazine
April 27, 1940

1940 Collier's magazine
February 24, 1940

c1940 Gran'pop's Annual
published by Dean


1941 Collier's magazine
8, November 1941

1941 Collier's magazine
August 9, 1941

1940s Calendar:


A Pot Shot

It's in the Bag

Just a Little Squirt

Let 'er Go

No Wise Quacks, Please

Soaking the Rich

Something on the Ball

Stealing His Stuff

The Finishing Touches

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