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Artist Picture

1916 – 1995

Giles was a self-taught animation artist, who worked his way up from office boy in a film company to become, in April 2000, 'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century'.

For nearly 50 years his best-known creation, the infamous Giles Family including Grandma, Mother, Father, The Twins and the rest of the extended household, were brought to life with a combination of subversive political satire and gentle comedy.

Although the ‘Family' first appeared on 5 August 1945 for Express newspapers, they were not the only comic characters Giles had created having launched ‘Young Ernie' for Reynolds News in the 1930s.

In 1939 Giles was classified unfit for military service due to partial deafness, but was temporarily appointed Captain Giles after becoming war correspondent for Express newspapers in October 1943. During the war Giles was also personally commissioned to do work for the Ministry of Information by Edwin Embleton.

In 1966 he was a founder member, later president, of the British Cartoonists' Association; and in 1990 was awarded a senior fellowship of the Royal College of Art.

A favourite of the Royal household, an enthusiastic engineer, motor racer, builder and farmer, Giles was awarded an OBE in 1959 for his contribution to the cartoon world.