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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th February 1915 Comedian Dick Emery was born in Bloomsbury, London.
19th February 1897 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat died from diabetes in Ealing.
19th February 1838 Jane Alsop's terrifying encounter with Spring Heeled Jack.
19th February 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
Saucy Postcarder McGill's House
Britain's best loved saucy postcard artist lived here.
Location: 5 Bennett Park, Blackheath, London
Description: Donald McGill (Jan 28, 1875 Oct 13, 1962) is one of Britain's most famous artists, selling and sending millions of copies of his work around the world. He was the king of the saucy postcard, portraying attractive young women, fat old ladies, drunken middle aged men, honeymoon couples and vicars, in all manner of amusing situations with a lively bit of innuendo to boot.
He was was born in London in 1875, and lost a foot in a school rugby accident. He went to Blackheath Proprietary School, and lived here (a plaque was erected in 1977).
George Orwell wrote an essay on 'The Art of Donald McGill'.
He is buried in Streatham Park Cemetary.
Tagged in this Tour: Cartoonists and Illustrators