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Fred May

(1891-1976), Cartoonist

Artist of 22 portraits
Fred May was a caricaturist and painter. May's earliest drawings were produced for the Liverpool Daily Post and North Eastern Daily Gazette. His first cartoons for the Tatler were sent home in 1917 from the trenches where he was serving as an infantry officer with the Green Howards. He was asked to provide caricatures of men on the Western Front between the shelling. He developed an acute, gentle and humorous style from the 1920s onwards, caricaturing personalities including Winston Churchill, who autographed his own likeness. May served again during the Second World War, when honoured with the Legion d'Honneur, and after the war he continued to work for the Tatler, but also the Graphic and Weekly Sketch and News Chronicle right up until his death in 1976.

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Sir (William) Guy Granet, by Fred May - NPG 6207

Sir (William) Guy Granet

by Fred May
ink, wash and white heightening, 1935
NPG 6207

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, by Fred May - NPG D4056

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1920s-1930s
NPG D4056

Austen Leonard Reed, by Fred May - NPG D4057

Austen Leonard Reed

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1921 or 1927?
NPG D4057

John William Beaumont Pease, 1st Baron Wardington, by Fred May - NPG D7985

John William Beaumont Pease, 1st Baron Wardington

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1921?
NPG D7985

Sir William McLintock, 1st Bt, by Fred May - NPG D4055

Sir William McLintock, 1st Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1926 or 1936?
NPG D4055

Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete, by Fred May - NPG D7983

Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1926
NPG D7983

Edward Charles Grenfell, 1st Baron St Just, by Fred May - NPG D18479

Edward Charles Grenfell, 1st Baron St Just

by Fred May
pencil, brush and ink with white heightening, probably 1930s
NPG D18479

Sir Enoch Hill, by Fred May - NPG D112

Sir Enoch Hill

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1932
NPG D112

Sir (Richard) Woodman Burbidge, 2nd Bt, by Fred May - NPG D113

Sir (Richard) Woodman Burbidge, 2nd Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1932
NPG D113

Francis Hugh Lowe, by Fred May - NPG D7986

Francis Hugh Lowe

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, circa 1934
NPG D7986

Sir Eric Campbell Geddes, by Fred May - NPG D4053

Sir Eric Campbell Geddes

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1935
NPG D4053

Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield, 1st Bt, by Fred May - NPG D4054

Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield, 1st Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1935
NPG D4054

Neville Chamberlain, by Fred May - NPG D7979

Neville Chamberlain

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1935
NPG D7979

Frank Charlton; Thomas Rome, by Fred May - NPG D7980

Frank Charlton; Thomas Rome

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, published 22 May 1935
NPG D7980

Sir Isidore Salmon, by Fred May - NPG D7981

Sir Isidore Salmon

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1935
NPG D7981

Sir (Richard) Woodman Burbidge, 2nd Bt, by Fred May - NPG D7984

Sir (Richard) Woodman Burbidge, 2nd Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1935
NPG D7984

Sir Abe Bailey, 1st Bt, by Fred May - NPG D4050

Sir Abe Bailey, 1st Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1936
NPG D4050

Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Bt, by Fred May - NPG D4051

Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Bt

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1936
NPG D4051

Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp of Shortlands, by Fred May - NPG D4058

Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp of Shortlands

by Fred May
brush and ink with white heightening, 1936
NPG D4058

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Sean Bellew

23 September 2019, 01:13

Hello,

Fred May painted my Grandfather, LT Col John Grant Peckston OBE TD KSG - they were great friends and died within months of each other. My mother has Fred’s hand painted Christmas cards to my grandparents covering many years - sadly none are portraits (apart from St Nicholas!).

However, whilst doing a bit of research I came across an article from the Northern Echo about Fred, which you may find useful. https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/7107539.talent-of-a-kindly-caricaturist-drawn-to-record-an-entire-generation/

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