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Fred Gothard (1882-1971) - Two Early 20th Century Graphite Drawings



Two very interesting graphite drawings by the cartoonist and illustrator Fred Gothard (1882-1971). The first is inscribed 'my landlord' and depicts a scrawny old gentleman with a walking stick and flat cap. Also with the number 6002 printed at the top of the page. Another similar sketch depicts two soldiers, one a British officer. With an indistinct inscription to the upper left. Both have been laid to backing paper. Signed.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and minor foxing. With some light creasing to the backing card. Small 3cm tear to the lower edge of the backing paper.


20.1 x 11.6cm (7.9" x 4.6")
Sheet: 40.4 x 23.6cm (15.9" x 9.3")

Artist Biography

Born in Holmfirth in 1882, Fred Gothard went into banking after he left school and with an interest in art, began working part-time on postcard illustrations. His first commercial card appeared in 1904, it ridiculed the upper-classes and was titled; "The flower of the family, the blooming idiot." Gothard began working for the publisher Thomas Hind of Huddersfield and as well as signing his work “F.G” he also used the alias “Spatz” - probably to protect his job, which at that time was a junior bank clerk. During the Great War, Gothard put his artistic talent to good use and in 1916 produced a series of humorous postcard illustrations for the company of E. Mack. Gothard was conscripted into the army in 1917, but nevertheless continued with his drawings. Today his postcards are highly collectable.

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Code pq509
Artist Fred Gothard (1882-1971)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 20.1 x 11.6cm
Medium Graphite
Style Illustration Art
Subject Illustration
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