The Cartoon Museum remembers HM Bateman as The man who Went mad on Paper

By Ruth Hazard | 20 April 2012
The Guardsman who Dropped It, from The Tatler (1922)© H. M Bateman Designs
Exhibition: The man who Went mad on Paper, Cartoon Museum, London, until July 23 2012

The Cartoon Museum pays tribute to Britain’s first master of 20th century cartooning, HM Bateman, in a display featuring 120 images of his most famous work.

Bateman liked to indulge in people watching. He is best remembered for his series "The Man Who…", which featured witty observations of instances of social faux pas.

The cartoonist started drawing at 15, when the genre was limited to straight illustrations with an accompanying joke.

Bateman took a fresh approach, drawing out the humour of the situation to show people as they felt, rather than appeared. As he put it, he “went mad on paper”.

His innovative style influenced the early artists of The New Yorker and he is still recognised by modern illustrators, including Ronald Searle, Ralph Steadman and Harvey Kurtzman, as a figure of inspiration.

The museum is showing The boy who Breathed on the Glass in the British Museum, which Bateman created during the First World War, as well as The One-Note Man, which inspired a scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 film, The man who Knew too Much.

  • Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am- 5.30pm (12pm-5.30pm Sunday). Admission £5.50/£4 (free for under-18s).
More pictures:

The Builder Who Finished on Time, The Tatler© H. M Bateman Designs
Baby cuts a new Tooth© H. M Bateman Designs
A Slight Misunderstanding with the Till, The Tatler (1928)© H. M Bateman Designs
My Dear! The Tatler (1936)© H. M Bateman Designs
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