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Born in Egypt, Kem was a political cartoonist and illustrator, who produced over 3,000 propaganda images for the Ministry of Information. Having studied at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques (1929-1931) in France he drew cartoons for French newspapers, but his work also appeared in the Daily Herald and the Daily Telegraph.

In 1939 he went to Oxford University, but as war broke out Kem contributed to the war effort by producing political cartoons and posters, as well as writing and illustrating eight books for the British Political Warfare Executive.

After the war Kem returned to Oxford where he began work on his Ph.D. thesis ‘The Cartoon as a Political Weapon in England: 1783-1832'.