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After working at a solicitor's office and as an apprentice lithographer, he became a full-time artist in 1949. He sold his first cartoon to Punch at eighteen, and became a regular contributor. As a painter, he had his first one-man exhibition in 1955. He exhibited in Belfast, London and Dublin and won a CEMA scholarship to study art in Paris.
From 1960 to 1965 he was Punch's Assistant Art Editor. In 1966 he became The Times's first ever political cartoonist, a position he held until early 1968. In 1969 he became the pocket cartoonist for the London Evening Standard, and in 1971 took the same job at the Financial Times. In 1978 he was elected to the Punch Table, and joined the Daily Mail in 1982, drawing its "Compact Cartoon". He has also contributed to The New Yorker.
Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on collage works, which have been exhibited in New York and London.