Humour runs like a sparkling brook through the work of George Worsley Adamson. Perhaps the fact that in
the back of his mind he is busy thinking up humorous ideas and always has a twinkle in his eye has something to do with
it. Even in his most serious work we are aware of an underlying wit and sympathy (see Illustration in Periodicals and Book Illustration).
Editors and art editors such as Fougasse (Kenneth Bird), Malcolm Muggeridge, Russell Brockbank and William Hewison at Punch,
Kaye Webb at Young Elizabethan, Macdonald Hastings at Country Fair or F. J. Salfeld of the London Day by Day column at the Daily Telegraph
provided strong background encouragement. Changes in editorship had an immediate effect on Adamsons cartoon career.
One of the last things that happened under Hollowoods editorship was that Punch accepted a cover by George Adamson which showed Mr Punch
sitting at an easel in the middle of a stretch of English countryside. Beside him was a book called How to Paint Like the Great Masters[sic], and the landscape which
Mr Punch was trying to paint was in fact modelled on the great masters, because the Van Gogh trees on the right merged into a Samuel Palmer hillside, then into a
Gainsborough or Constable field ... To make the landscape itself look like a collaboration between the masters was a brilliant idea. George did it brilliantly
and we all thought it was a brilliant cover. One of the first actions by the new editor, William Davis, was to reject the cover. He didnt understand it. Or, if
he did understand it, he didnt think it was funny. Or, if he thought it was funny, he didnt think enough other people would find it was funny. No, lets face
it; he didnt understand it.
Miles Kington in his introduction to The Punch Cartoon Album: 150 Years Classic Cartoons (ed. Amanda-Jane Doran), Grafton Books, London, 1990
Here is as full a list as we could muster of work Adamson puts under the
heading of humour.