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March 2004
Search for the lost cartoons
Pete Dredge
Pete Dredge.
Local cartoonist Pete Dredge is searching for original artwork by Nottingham cartoonist and illustrator Thomas Henry Fisher (1879-1962).
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Thomas Henry Fisher worked for the Football Post signing his work 'TF' but is more internationally known as the illustrator of the Just William books, written by Richmal Crompton.

Thomas Henry Fisher
Thomas Henry Fisher.

His work first appeared in 1904 when he was employed as an illustrator for the Nottingham Football Post.

He created characters to represent our local football teams such as 'Magpie Man' for Notts County.

By 1913 Thomas was frequently having cartoons published in the Punch magazine and he also invented the image of William for magazines and the first Just William book in 1922.

Very little of Thomas Fisher's original work seems to exist, but Pete Dredge is desperate to find any of his work ready to be displayed at this year's Big Grin Cartoon Festival.

Richmal Crompton and Thomas Henry Fisher
Richmal Crompton and Thomas Henry Fisher with some of their fans (Nottingham Book Fair, 1958). If you know any of any of the six schoolboys featured in this picture we'd love to hear from you. Please e-mail us here.

If you have any of his material, or indeed good copies, then let us know and we'll put you in touch with Pete Dredge. Tell us here.


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