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Gould, F Carruthers

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist, Author.

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(1844-1925) UK stockbroker, illustrator, editor and author, creator of a large number of amiably satirical political cartoons from about 1879 up to the beginning of World War One, retiring in 1914 from the Westminster Gazette, which he had helped found, and where he published (and illustrated) the first work of authors like Saki, whose sketches for the paper were assembled as The Westminster Alice (coll 1902). His political cartoons, which appeared daily for many years, were fantastical and of a Liberal bent. "Who Killed Cock Robin?", and Other Stories for Children Young and Old: Told in Pen and Pencil (coll 1896) assembles various parodic animal fables, among which "The Great Beetle War" (original magazine publication not traced) comes closest to sf. Explorations in the Sit-tee Desert: Being a Comic Account of the Supposed Discovery of the Ruins of the London Stock Exchange some 2000 Years Hence (1880 chap) is a surprisingly effective and pointed Satire written from a Ruins and Futurity viewpoint, describing an archaeological find in Bab-y-london along the banks of the Thamisis (see London; New Zealander; Ruined Earth). He was knighted in 1906. The Agnostic Island (1891), which has been ascribed to Gould, is by Frederick James Gould. [JC]

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould

born Barnstaple, Devon: 2 December 1844

died Porlock, Somerset: 1 January 1925

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