Cartoons by Martin Rowson

Scope and Content

Original artwork of Guardian political cartoons.

Administrative / Biographical History

Political cartoonist for the Guardian. Rowson began contributing to the newspaper in 1987.

He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School and in 1978 went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, to read English. A self taught artist and a political cartoonist, Rowson's career started when he contributed cartoons whilst at Cambridge to 'Broadsheet'.

As well as contributing cartoons to the Guardian and the Observer he has drawn cartoons for major publications including the New Statesman, Financial Weekly, Sunday Today, Today, Sunday Correspondent, Independent on Sunday, Independent Magazine , Time Out, Dublin Sunday Tribune, Daily Mirror, Tribune, Daily Express, Scotsman, and the Times Educational Supplement.

In April 2001 the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, appointed Rowson ‘Cartoonist Laureate for London’.


Divided into Weekend Guardian and editorial cartoons; the latter are grouped into sections according to year of publication.

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