The cartoonist, Bernard Partridge was born in London in 1861. After his education at Stonyhurst, he joined an architects office and studied stained-glass design. He also acted in several plays (adopting the name Bernard Gould) and for
a time was uncertain between a career in the performing arts or the graphic arts. Partridge was invited, by George Du Maurier, to contribute to Punch in 1891. His early drawings were illustrations to play reviews. The following year Partridge was
asked to become a staff cartoonist with the magazine. In 1901 Partridge became the chief cartoonist at Punch. He was knighted in 1925 and died in 1945. Partridge's work reflect his theatrical background and many of his figures take a footlights-type
pose. His cartoons display a very high standard of draughtsmanship and he was considered to be one of the most accomplished artists employed by Punch. The precise detail in his cartoons are an excellent record of late Victorian and Edwardian life.