He was one of the greatest caricaturists and cartoonists of the 20th century, but has been disgracefully overlooked for too long. ‘Trog’ was Wally Fawkes, who drew political cartoons, personalities and the ‘Flook’ cartoon strip from 1945 to 2005.
As the chronicler of London’s fads and fancies during that time his work was quite unique, and has a strangely pleasurable quality about it that makes the eyes smile.
He designed the title sequence of ‘Smashing Time’, to my mind one of the best (and certainly silliest) films about swinging London, beating out the more serious-minded ‘Blow-Up’ and ‘Darling’. He’s a British-Canadian jazz clarinetist and an amazing artist – and still plays the clarinet in his eighties.
Now his genius has been properly recognised. London’s charming and usually deserted Cartoon Museum has an exhibition of his work running until the end of April. You can find it at 35 Little Russell Street in Bloomsbury.