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WW1 cartoonist rediscovered

An artist from Glasgow has been described as the "Wilfred Owen of cartooning" following the rediscovery of his World War One work.

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Gilkison cartoon

Archie Gilkison's war cartoons appeared in newspapers including the Herald and Evening Times.

It was published from 1914 until his death in 1916.

According to a Glasgow University expert, his style is highly unusual in displaying anti-war sentiment while the conflict was ongoing.

The university now plans to exhibit and research Gilkison's work.

Cartoons often appeared in the newly influential popular press which sold hundreds of thousands of copies a day, and were widely used during WW1 as a propaganda tool to keep morale high among the civilian population.

Gilkison's work as a journalist and cartoonist appeared in newspapers across the UK from the early 1900s.

Read the full BBC story here.

  • Image: "The Reason Why", courtesy of the University of Glasgow
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