David Low (cartoonist)

British cartoonist

Sir David Alexander Cecil Low (7 April 189119 September 1963) was a New Zealand cartoonist who settled in England. His most famous creation was Colonel Blimp, a pompous, befuddled, reactionary, military buffoon.


  • Gad, sir, Lord Beaverbrook is right! A conference should be held at once for the U. S. A. to pay back the money Europe owes her.
    • Political Parade, with Colonel Blimp (London: Cresset Press, 1936); quoted in Time, July 27, 1936. [1]
  • "The scum of the earth, I believe?"
    "The bloody assassin of the workers, I presume?"
    • Evening Standard, September 20, 1939.
    • "Rendezvous", a cartoon set in the ruins of Poland showing Stalin and Hitler genially bowing to each other.
  • Very well, alone.
    • Evening Standard, June 18, 1940.
    • Published after the German capture of Paris, this shows a soldier on the British coast shaking his fist at approaching bombers. [2]
  • Gad, sir, Churchill is right. The Govt. has evidently made an irrevocable decision to be guided by circumstances with a firm hand.
    • Colonel Blimp, quoted in David G. Chandler & Ian Beckett (eds.) The Oxford History of the British Army (Oxford: OUP, 2003) p. 312.
  • I have never met anyone who wasn't against war. Even Hitler and Mussolini were, according to themselves.
    • New York Times Magazine, February 10, 1946.


  • It may well be, that the future historian, asked to point to the most characteristic expression of the English temper in the period between the two wars will reply without hesitation, "Colonel Blimp".
    • C. S. Lewis "Blimpophobia", in Time and Tide September 9, 1944.

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See Low and Beaverbrook: The case of a cartoonist’s autonomy by Tim Benson PhD 1998

See Low and the Dictators by Tim Benson 2007 (Political Cartoon Society)

See Low Censored by Tim Benson 2019 (Political Cartoon Society)

See David Low: The Twentieth Century’s Greatest Cartoonist by Tim Benson 2002 (BBC History Magazine and Political Cartoon Society)