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Giles: His Life, Times and Cartoons Barry Venning Wednesday 23 January 2019

The cartoonist Carl Giles once said he loved his favourite creation, Grandma Giles because she allowed him to poke fun at authority from Hitler to traffice wardens and even his employers the Daily Express. His admirers included Prince Charles, Sir Malcolm Sergent and Tommy Cooper and it was no surprise when he was voted Britain's best-loved cartoonist in 2000. Few people realsie that Giles was also a war correspondent who witnesssed the horrors of Belsen, where he found the camp commandant, Josef Kramerm was also a great fan of his work. This talk will give us a remarkable picture of a half century of British life.

 Barry Venning is an art historian with a particular interest in the works of JMW Turner on whom he has published widely. He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings. In 2013, he took part in a documentary called 'The Genius of Turner': Painting the Industrial Revolution'. He is curently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lectures on a freelance basis for the Arts Society and other organisations.