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c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris
  • c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris
  • c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris
  • c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris
  • c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris

c1940 British Army Cartoon Drawing by Bovril Artist H H Harris

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£600.00


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An original WWII British, large size, cartoon artwork by Herbert Henry HARRIS, depicting a British private with two white rabbits down his leg front pocket being admonished by his Sergeant.

It is signed HH Harris. The picture is painted in India ink with highlights in white paint or pastel. The picture has the punchline written underneath in capitals with the swearword substituted for "blue pencil". The reason is because Army Censors would use blue pencil to cross out anything deemed unsuitable or of military importance from soldiers’ letters sent home. This on one of two pictures we are offering from this artist, Framed and Glazed.

The British artist Herbert Henry Harris (1894 Newcross – 1953 Surrey) is known for creating the Pyjama Man in the adverts for Bovril Ltd. He changed his name from Herbert Henry Preece to Harris and worked as a graphic illustrator. He signed his art HH Harris. His career extended from roughly 1910 to 1946 but whose personal details are largely unknown. His earliest work was for the S H Benson advertising agency for whom he developed the ‘Pyjama Man’ who was regularly utilized in Bovril adverts. The first of these was published in 1920 and showed a smiling shipwrecked man, still wearing his green-striped pyjamas, sitting astride a giant floating jar of Bovril with the slogan, “Bovril prevents that sinking feeling”. The artwork was painted in 1912 period but was considered insensitive to published at the time of the sinking of the Titanic. The Bovril ads continued through the 1930s and the last reference to the “Pyjama Man” seems to be around WWII.

Harris’s produced work in the 1920s for the Passing Show magazine and Printer’s Pie, and in the 1930s he developed a multi-framed cartoon series for the Bystander. His sketches also appeared on calendars and bridge scoring pads. The Errant Golfer book by E P Leigh Bennett, published in 1929, contains his artwork. This may have been significant for Harris as possibly, it came to the attention of Mardon, Son & Hall. In any event, they commissioned him that same year to prepare the artwork for a series of 25 cards to be issued by W D & H O Wills in their boxes of cigarettes. It was titled Famous Golfers and depicted some of the leading exponents of the game in colourful and slightly humorous poses.

Picture Size: 48 x 36cm
Frame Size: 63 x 53cm
Weight: 3300 g

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