Sir David Alexander Cecil Low was a self-taught caricaturist and cartoonist. He was born in New Zealand, migrated to Sydney in 1911 and came to London in 1919, where he stayed and made his career and his home.
He became famous for his Colonel Blimp depictions and for satirising the policies and characteristics of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, amongst others.
During his life he was called ‘the greatest caricaturist in the world’. After the war, Low is said to have found his name in The Black Book: Special Search List – Great Britain. It was a secret list of prominent British residents to be arrested after the proposed invasion of Great Britain. Low was knighted in 1962, he died at home in 1963. His obituary in The Guardian described him as “the dominant cartoonist of the western world”.