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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Simon Heneage (1930-2011)

Simon Heneage, co-founder of the Cartoon Art Trust and the Cartoon Museum and co-author of Dictionary of British Cartoonists and Caricaturists 1730-1980, died on 14 May, aged 80.

Born Simon Anthony Helyar Walker-Heneage in London in 1930, he served with the Grenadier Guards before taking a degree in history at Cambridge. Heneage spent 21 years in the wine trade before founding Potter Books and Pendomer Press, publishing limited editon monogrraph on illustrators. His fascination with caricatures and cartoons led him to build one of the biggest collections of comic art and books in the UK. In 1989 he helped set up the Cartoon Art Trust, a charity to raise money for a permanent Cartoon Museum, which was finally opened in Little Russell Street in 2006. The Museum houses the Heneage Library 5,000 books on cartoons, comics, caricature and animation and the Cartoon Art Trust Awards include the Heneage Cup for Lifetime Achievement.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children.

Obituaries: Daily Telegraph (31 May)


Simon Sime. Master of the Mysterious, with Henry Ford. London, Thames & Hudson, 1980.
The Dictionary of British Cartoonists and Caricaturists 1730-1980, with Mark Bryant. Aldershot, Scolar Press, 1994.
Heath Robinson's Helpful Solutions, with an introduction by Graeme Garden. London, Cartoon Museum, 2007.


The Comic Cruickshank, edited by Mark Bryant; introduction by Heneage. London, Bellew Pub., 1992.

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