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Morrow, George

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Biography: Belfast-born George Morrow (1869-1955) was a cartoonist and book illustrator. One of seven brothers, four of his siblings, Albert (1863–1927), Jack (1872–1926), Edwin (1877–1952) and Norman (1879–1917), were also illustrators and cartoonists. He began his training in art at the Government School of Art in Belfast and he exhibited with the Belfast Ramblers' Sketching Club in 1888. By the 1890s he was living in London. In 1906 he began his lifelong association with ‘Punch’ magazine, where he became a staff artist in 1924, and was the publication’s art editor from 1932 to 1937. He was celebrated for his versatility a humorist and he produced numerous illustrated publications for both child and adult audiences. Despite being based in England, throughout his life Morrow retained his relationship with Ireland. He contributed illustrations to a number of periodicals including the Ulster Literary Theatre’s journal ‘Uladh: a literary & critical magazine’ (1904-5), edited Joseph Campbell and Bulmer Hobson, ‘The Republic’ (1907) , also edited by Bulmer Hobson, and ‘The Shanachie : an Irish illustrated quarterly’ (1906-1907). Morrow also painted and exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists and at the 1907 Oireachtas Art Exhibition in Dublin.

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