Friday, 21 September 2018

Lawson Wood – part 9

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 - 8 also.

This is part 9 of a 10-part series on the works of Lawson Wood:


Gran'pop Series
published in America 
continued from part 8:


Crime does not pay

Day Lumber Corporation for Victory

Do it now!

Getting a lift

Getting a move on
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 28.5 cm

Getting the hang of it ( The man on the flying trapeze )
watercolour and gouache 36.2 x 27.9 cm

Going our way?
watercolour and gouache 35.6 x 30.5 cm

Gran'pop ( title not found ) 

Gran'pop ( title not found ) 

Gran'pop at it again
"It looks like a 'set-up' "
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 30.5 cm

Gran'pop does the Hat Trick.

Gran'pop feels the cold snap
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 29.2 cm

First date

Gran'pop fishing
watercolour 42 x 32 cm

Gran'pop is eighty-four
watercolour and gouache 38.7 x 28.5 cm

Gran'pop kicks the high spots!

Gran'pop learns to knit

Gran'pop on weighing scales
watercolour 42 x 32 cm

Gran'pop rises to make a speech,
Whilst the waiter, manners would teach.

Gran'pop sits on Jumbo's head,
And paints the lamp-post green and red.

Gran'pop still on top
"Hang on! You'll soon be up!"
watercolour gouache 37.5 x 30.5

Gran'pop takes a Service Flat
watercolour and gouache on board 27.5 x 28.5 cm

Gran'pop tells a parlour story
watercolour with gouache 43.8 x 33.6 cm

Gran'pop tries a flu remedy
watercolour, gouache and pencil 38.7 x 29.2 cm

Gran'pop with a group of pigs
watercolour 42 x 32 cm

May the best man win

Oh, my aching back
Gran'pop's Annual
watercolour and gouache with pen and ink 39.4 x 29.2 cm

Here's to a bumper Xmas
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 30.5 cm

In Conference

It does things for you

Late for the board meeting
watercolour and gouache 27.5 x 29.8 cm

Oh you flirt!
watercolour and gouache 43.2 x 33 cm

Panorama magazine
 "Opa Maakt Toilet"
Gran'Pop does his toilet

Popular Gran'pop by Lawson Wood

Popular Gran'pop by Lawson Wood

Popular Gran'pop by Lawson Wood
"Gran'pop helps as you can see."

Popular Gran'pop by Lawson Wood
"Gran'pop paints the lamp-post green and red.

Popular Gran'pop by Lawson Wood

Porky and Chimp thought a swim would make them cool,
and tried to dive into Gran'pop's drinking pool
watercolour with gouache 44.4 x 34.2 cm

Put your little foot out
Advertising card for A C Motors, Cincinnati, Ohio

Red Carpet

Ride him Cowboy
watercolour and gouache 43.8 x 33.6 cm

Seems a bad year for shrimps
watercolour and gouache 36.8 x 27.9 cm

Swedish postcard
 "A mother is proud of little one, especially if it has become two"

The 19th "Hole" inscribed "Gran'pop sticks to the rules"
Design for a postcard
watercolour and gouache with pencil on board 36.8 x 27.9 cm

The Goldberg Collection of Images
Issue Eleven

The Musician
watercolour and gouache on tinted paper 40.6 x 30.5 cm

The Pump
watercolour and gouache 36.8 x 28.5 cm

The Tax Collector inscribed "The Collector calls for Gran'pop's Income Tax"
watercolour and gouache on board 38.1 x 30.5 cm

Untitled  ( Gran'pop Innuit )

Untitled  ( Gran'pop Tailor )


What about a clam-bake?
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 30.5 cm

What's the depth of the Ocean?
watercolour 38.1 x 30.5 cm
published as a cigarette card by Argent Cigarettes

When Pop papered the parlour
watercolour and bodycolour 27.5 x 29.8 cm

Why won't this one do?
watercolour and gouache 38.1 x 30.5 cm

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