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John Ryan (British, 1921-2009)

John Ryan went to Ampleforth School and became a freelance illustrator from 1950. Captain Pugwash was first created in 1950 for the Eagle Magazine and has become well-loved as a slightly conceited and inept pirate, but immensely humorous. Finished drawings by John Ryan are uncommon (many of John Ryan's original book illustrations are held on permanent loan at the Centre for the Study of Cartoons in the University of Kent at Canterbury).

References: Horne. The Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Book Illustrators, p. 380.

John Ryan. Captain Pugwash

Captain Pugwash
pen and ink on paper
signed, titled and dated 2006
inscribed on the reverse
28.5 x 21.6 cm (sheet)


The present drawing shows a full-length portrait of Captain Pugwash, standing holding his sword and is inscribed on the reverse by the illustrator.

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