Edward McLachlan (Doctor of Letters)

Tuesday 12 July, 3pm

Ed McLachlan is a cartoonist and illustrator. He was born in Humberstone, Leicestershire, and attended Wyggeston Boys’ Grammar School and, from 1956, Leicester College of Art.  In 1961, a scrapbook of his cartoons was purchased by Punch, and three weeks later, when they accepted seven cartoons, he decided he must be a cartoonist. He became a regular contributor to Punch, including designing its covers.  He went freelance in 1965, and in 1966 began drawing a series of political cartoons for the Sunday Mirror, under the heading ‘McLachlan's View’.  In 1967 he also began contributing to Private Eye whilst working as a lecturer in Graphics at Leicester College of Art.  When his Sunday Mirror series ended in 1970, he transferred to the London Evening Standard as political cartoonist.  In 1972 he began drawing a series of pocket cartoons for the Daily Mirror, entitled ’Insiders’ which lasted until 1974.  His cartoons have also appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, The Mail on Sunday, Investor's Chronicle, The New Statesman, Stern, Tomorrow (Sweden), Playboy, and Ad Weekly. He has also worked for several book publishers, has drawn for advertising, and designed and written more than three hundred commercial advertising films, for firms including Dunlop, Renault Cars, Alka Seltzer, Hamlet, and BASF. In 1969 he wrote and illustrated the children's book Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, the first of a series.  In 1980 he was voted CCGB Illustrative Cartoonist of the Year, followed by Advertising Cartoonist of the Year in 1981, and in 1997 CAT voted him Gag Cartoonist of the Year. He wrote and designed the ITV series Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings and designed Bangers and Mash for the same company.

Press comment

“I was a student in 1956 of what is now the De Montfort University, the last of the 16 year-old intake, in Graphic Design. Got a very good NDD pass which was of little use in London. Spent three happy years at a small printing company back in Leicester. Got into Punch first time aged 21; got married; went freelance; did part-time teaching for three years at DMU and have remained in Leicestershire until now. Very pleased about the award. Our old art teacher would have bet 5000-1 that I would never have got this far.”

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