My history hero: Sir David Low (1891–1963)

Chosen by Martin Brown, artist and illustrator of the Horrible Histories series of books

British political cartoonist David Low. His caricatures of political figures including Hitler resulted in him being placed in the Nazi 'Black Book' – a list of prominent Britons who were to be arrested in the case of a successful invasion of Britain. (Photo by Felix Man/Picture Post/Getty Images

This article was first published in the November 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

David Low was a political cartoonist and caricaturist born in New Zealand who incurred the wrath of the Nazi regime with his satirical representations of Hitler and Mussolini, which were published in the Evening Standard. A self-taught artist, Low is perhaps best known for his character Colonel Blimp, a walrus-moustached, pompous, and stereotypically British figure who dispensed advice on a range of topics.

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