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John Glashan was born in Glasgow and studied painting at Glasgow School of Art. He moved to London in the early 1950s to pursue a career as a portrait artist but found success as a cartoonist, illustrator and landscape painter. His work first appeared in Punch, Lilliput and Queen Magazine, and subsequently featured in a wide variety of publications including Private Eye, The New Yorker, Town & Country and Radio Times. He illustrated several books, exhibited and published collections of his work and was a founder member of the British Cartoonists' Association. In 1978 he created the Genius series for The Observer Magazine which ran for 5 years and won the Glen Grant Strip Cartoon Award in 1981.

In the 1990s, he continued to challenge and extend the boundaries of the cartoon medium with his work at The Spectator, combining architectural pen and ink drawings with watercolour landscapes. Peers Chamber, House of Lords is typical of the unique style he developed during this period and was amongst a number of images acquired for the Parliamentary Art Collection by the House of Lords Works of Art Committee for display in Milbank House as a part of the contemporary art collection.

John Glashan © John Glashan estate

John Glashan

John Glashan in his studio © John Glashan estate

John Glashan in his studio

Cartoon figures © John Glashan