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BENTLEY, Nicolas.

“Would you require something for sleep, madam, or cross-Channel purposes?”

Published: c. 1959

Stock code: 67001

Price: £275

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Christopher Cockerell’s hovercraft, which resembled a mattress, made its first successful crossing of the English Channel on 25 July 1959. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley’s work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and 1954 he drew regular cartoons for the weekly Time and Tide, and after that for the daily News Chronicle. Between 1958 and 1962 he drew topical cartoons for the Daily Mail under the title “Watch My Line.” He also drew many portraits, in black and white line, of famous people, for various papers, including over sixty for the Sunday Telegraph, which began publication in February 1961.

Sheet size: 190 139 mm. Pen and ink and blue pencil crayon on wove paper. Marked on verso with a large cross, presumably unpublished.

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