Thursday, July 13, 2023

Alex 'Fred Basset' Graham: shedworker

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the appearance of the Fred Basset cartoon. He was the creation of Alex Graham, pictured here at work in his garden office in Sussex, and was commissioned for that first strip by the Daily Mail who bought him a basset (named Freda by Graham's family) as an inspiration for his illustrations. 

Freda was also a regular visitor to the garden office where Graham worked from 9.30am until 1pm (breaking for coffee at 11am), followed by the afternoon off (usually for a round of golf), then brainstorming ideas in the evening for a couple of hours until 7pm when he called a halt to his working day.

Since Graham's death - he left behind 18 months worth of strips in his garden studio - the ongoing adventures of Fred Basset have been produced by Michael Martin and Graham's daughter, Arran Keith.


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