Ionicus Cartoons (Joshua Armitage)

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Punch cartoons by Ionicus. Joshua Charles Armitage (1913-1998) used the pen name Ionicus to differentiate his illustration work from his oil painting. He first contributed to Punch in 1944 and the sparse lines for his cartoon characters were often counterbalanced with background and architectural details for the most part similar in style to Acanthus. He was equally able to draw in a variety of styles bringing to mind early Mahood, Clive Collins, Arthur Watts and even Thelwell, using a modern graphic style and ordered composition. He drew many book covers for PG Wodehouse.
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