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Devoted couple’s cartoons on display

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A couple who have collected cartoons and caricatures for more than 60 years are having their beloved pieces displayed at a London museum.

Art gathered over the years by George and Pat Walker, of Oxford Road, Bodicote, has been put together for a 60-piece exhibition at The Cartoon Museum.

The display, which is called Bring Me Laughter, includes works by some of the leading humorous artists of the past 150 years and ranges from sensitive drawings by Charles Keene to caricatures by Max Beerbohm and Jonathan Cusick.

The exhibition also includes a selection of cartoons and drawings by Mr Walker himself; a former Alcan worker who turns 96 on Monday.

He is mainly known around Banburyshire for his landscapes in watercolour and drawings of churches in the area, one of which, Bodicote Church, is also on display.

“That they wanted some of my stuff on display as well is very humbling,” he said.

Mr Walker started going through their collection, writing up biographies and information pieces to go with them; something which caught the eye of a friend of the couple, who happened to be a trustee of the Cartoon Art Trust which founded the museum.

Both Mr and Mrs Walker – supported by friends and family – attended the private viewing on January 6 and were delighted with the interest shown.

“It was a super day,” said Mrs Walker .

Her husband added: “It was a glorious occasion and it went much better than we’d ever imagined.”

Bring Me Laughter is on display until February 23 and the couple are hoping the exhibition will be able to be put on somewhere in Banbury after it closes in London. For more information, go to http://cartoonmuseum.org

 

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