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Ian Scott, 1914-2010
posted February 18, 2010

According to a lovely obituary appearing in the Independent, Ian Scott, an editorial cartoonist turned art studio/agency owner, died on January 25 after a fall in his home. His passing came three short months before the 50th anniversary of the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain, an organization of which he was the founder.

He was born Isaac Oskotsky in London in 1914 and eventually studied at the Royal College of Art in the early 1930s. He began contributing art to the Daily Express while still a student, but settled in as an art teacher before working with the Royal Engineers during World War II. He switched to graphic design after the war and soon became a cartoonist with the Daily Sketch and then the News Chronicle. He set up an art agency in the late 1950s specializing in cartoon art and it is that business he wand wife ran together until the late 1980s, representing over 100 artists. The Cartoonists Club was not only a social organization, it offered awards, raised money for charities and published an annual in the early 1960s.

Scott is survived by his younger brother, Morris.