I ask this question as a result of an auction lot being sold at Sotherby’s on 21st March. Looking at the online catalogue for the sale, I was interested in Lot 86 which is three signed works by Nicholas Garland.
The name Nicholas Garland was completely unknown to me – or so I thought until I started searching on the internet. Firstly, I found that he was a political cartoonist on the Daily Telegraph, the paper I read everyday, until March 2011. I then recalled seeing his name in the corner of the daily cartoon in the centre pages.
This cartoon published in 1982 criticises Irish – American financial support for IRA activity. It parodies Winston Churchill’s request for American money and weapons to aid the fight against Nazi Germany in 1940. It shows a blood-soaked IRA gunman issuing a similar request for American aid.
My next discovery was that Nicholas Garland drew the pictures for the Barry McKenzie cartoon strip in Private Eye, which I remember from my student days in the sixties. I’d always associated Barry McKenzie with Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna Everage) but Humphries only produced the words, not the drawings.
Nicholas Garland’s own site includes many of his political cartoons, paintings and drawings. One of his drawings puzzled me as it is labelled as ‘After Leon Kossoff’ but seems to me to be based on Rembrandt’s painting ‘Hendrickje Bathing in a River‘ which is in the National Gallery in London.