Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10 October 2014 - 15 March 2015


An exhibition exploring the life and work of the great British cartoonist
Captain Bruce Bairnsfather.


Captain Bruce Bairnsfather became world-famous during the First World War as creator of 'Old Bill', a walrus moustached old soldier who appeared in many of his cartoons depicting life on the frontline.  Published weekly in The Bystander magazine his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home.  

Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons sold over a million copies.  The soldier-artist's immense popularity led to his cartoons being reproduced on a wide range of merchandise, and Old Bill and his creator even became stars of stage and screen.

This free exhibition will explore his fascinating life and work as well as the artist's interesting personal connections to Stratford-upon-Avon and the
Royal Shakespeare Company.

Curated by the

Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Mark Warby, leading Bruce Bairnsfather collector and writer.



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