Illustrations by Peter Clarke

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Original artwork which accompanied Monday Profile articles in the Guardian. Clarke created these carictures through the manipulation of photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Clarke joined the RAF at 16, but moved to working in Fleet Street following his discharge 6 years later. He started in an administrative role at the Daily Express found for him by an ex-pilot friend, but then moved on to the role of political cartoonist at the Daily Sketch and then Picture Editor at the Daily Mail. He joined Gemini News Service in the late 1960s, working all over Africa and became managing director of GeminiScan, the subsidiary company of Gemini which produced graphics for the news service. He left Gemini in 1980 and joined the Guardian where he stayed until the late 1990s. Clarke was known for his inventive artwork which combined pen and ink with technology - he was the first Guardian staffer to use the then unsophisticated graphics capabilities of Apple Macs. In 1988 he won the Cartoonist of the Year award.

Arrangement

Chronological

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Records may be viewed in our reading room by appointment only, see our website for more information.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the GNM Archive by Peter Clarke in 2005.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.