‘Pont’ (Graham Laidler) was born in 1908. His pseudonym derived from a nickname, Pontifex Maximus, acquired during a visit to Rome. Following his family’s wishes, he trained as an architect, but by his mid-twenties had become one of Punch’s most prolific and successful cartoonists. He published several collections, the most popular of which being The British Character, which lampoons the national foibles of the British. Pont suffered from tuberculosis, and died in 1940 of at the age of 32, leaving behind some four hundred cartoons.