“IONICUS” JOSHUA CHARLES ARMITAGE
Gentleman of the Road
Pen and ink heightened with white
12 by 8.5 cm., 4 ¾ by 3 ¼ in.
(mount size 27.5 by 24 cm., 10 ¾ by 9 ½ in.)
Joshua Charles Armitage was a popular 20thcentury illustrator and cartoonist working for many magazine and producing numerous book illustrations and cover designs. He was born in Hoylake, Cheshire and studied at Liverpool School of Art. He took the pen name Ionicusfor his first cartoon, which was published in Punch, 24 March 1944. Over the following 40 years he contributed 358 drawings to the magazine. As a book illustrator he work on over 50 Wodehouse titles.