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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
Cartoonist Phil May lived here
Punch illustrator and cartoonist Phil May lived here.
Location: 20 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ
Description: In 1890 The St Stephen's Review cartoonist and illustrator Phil May (1864-1903) bought this house after further success with The Painter and The Parson. It was certainly a creative area with lots of artists resident nearby.
The building was then known as Rowsley House.
He was a heavy drinker and his longterm wasting disease caught up with him and he died of cirrhosis of the liver on 5th August, 1903, aged thirty-nine, weighing only five stone.
He was born in Leeds, and forced to earn his living from an early age after his father died young. Often sleeping on the streets because of poverty, May was finally employed as a theatrical costumier, where he also drew posters and cartoons.
After a few years in Australia he returned to London, and went on to work for Punch, and drew many political portraits. Not very political, but he had a great deal of sympathy for the poor.
Tagged in this Tour: Cartoonists and Illustrators