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Phil May (1864-1903)

Nationality - British

Magazines and Newspapers published in - The Syndey Bulletin (The Bulletin), St Stephen's Review, Punch, Graphic

Exhibitions - He exhibited at the Fine Arts Society in 1895 and also the Leciester Galleries in 1903.

Books - The Phil May Folio, Phil May Annaul

Biography - Born in Leeds, May was forced to earn his living from an early age following the death of his father. After a period of extreme poverty, often sleeping on the streets, May was finally employed as a theatrical costumier, where he also drew posters and cartoons. After a short period in Australia he returned to London, and went on to work for Punch, and drew many political portraits. He was rarely overly political, but due to his background, had a great sympathy for the poor.

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