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May Fred

Year working: 1891 – 1976

Fred May was a caricaturist who included some motoring personalities in his portfolio. He is also the father of Phil May the current motoring artist – (see Artists Listing for details). Fred was a keen motorist and visitor to Brooklands track between the wars. Fred May drew first for the Liverpool Daily Post and the North Eastern Daily Gazette, then Graphic, Weekly Sketch magazines and News Chronicle newspaper. However, he is best known for his work for Tatler magazine. He first sent sketches to the Tatler in 1917 when he was serving in the trenches, and this regular contribution continued to just before his death in 1976, a remarkable period of just less than 60 years. Fred May is principally known as a Black and White artist using Indian ink on Bristol board. His work can be found in many museums and collections including over 20 examples in the National Portrait Gallery.

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Image courtesy of Phil May

Image courtesy of Phil May

Image courtesy of Phil May