Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Lawson Wood – part 8

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 - 7 also.

This is part 8 of a 10-part series on the works of Lawson Wood:

Bears postcards:

"I'm making a great splash here!"

1933c Boxing Bear

Bearin' Guid Wishes: Hopin' ye'll be in the best o' spirits just like me!

How long can it last?

I've only just arrived.

Ich freue mich herzlich. ( I am happy. )
 German postcard

If you would take the hint and write
I'd hug myself with sheer delight.

Life ain't all honey!

Washing powder advertising postcard

You see I don't forget you.

Your silence is hard to bear. 

Cats and Kittens postcards:

1920s You're lucky getting me.

c1934 "And I didn't like the way she spoke about you!"

1947 Here's Luck!

Don't let the cat out of the bag.

Gato preto e Ferradura, Dão felicidade e ventura.
Portuguese postcard

Here's to you - good luck!

Hope You'll Strike it Lucky!

I like your cheek.

Só se eu tiver muito azar É que me chegas a apanhar.
Portuguese postcard

With a bit of luck things will soon look brighter!

Chicks postcards:

"Ladies first!"

1923 It's lovely weather for the ducks!

1925 Don't you think I'm rather a dear little thing?

1925 My word you're coming out of your shell!

c1925 From one little ducky to another.

1933 Hope you'll "turn up" soon!

Come and cheer us up!

Herzliche Grüsse! ( Best Regards! )
German postcard

I'm busy helping mother!

Na, - wie wär's? ( Well, how about? )
German postcard

Shall us? Let's!

Deux jeunes amoureux.
( Two young lovers. )
There's only you.


Wie aus dem Ei gepellt.
German postcard

Your little bit of fluff.


A lucky cat.
The "Lawson Wood" Series "Dog Humour"
Raphael Tuck & Sons "Oilette" Postcard No. 8622

By the Doctor's orders.
The "Lawson Wood" Series "Dog Humour"
Raphael Tuck & Sons "Oilette" Postcard No. 8622

In disgrace.
 The "Lawson Wood" Series "Dog Humour"
Raphael Tuck & Sons "Oilette" Postcard No. 8622

"Look Before You Leap"

Top Dog.
The "Lawson Wood" Series "Dog Humour"
Raphael Tuck & Sons "Oilette" Postcard No. 8622

Dutch postcard
Een oppas, zó, of omden bride, heeft absoluut een staart van node.
( A babysitter, like this or the bride, absolutely needs a tail. )

Dutch postcard
Een bok met een kater.
( A goat with a hangover ) 

Feeding the Chickens

Gran'pop Series
published in America:

A "Spring" Chicken
watercolour and gouache on board 36.8 x 28.5 cm
Cigarette card by Carreras

A Booming Business

Ain't She Sweet?

An Eye to a Straight Deal
 watercolour and gouache 47 x 33.6 cm

Any Way you Figure

Bizziness Chart

Blow this one-way traffic
watercolour and gouache 40.6 x 31.7 cm

Business as Usual

Crime does not pay
Calendar illustration

continues in part 9...

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