Elmes day's work

All in a Day's Work, 1939

Rick Elmes, cartoonist, illustrator and painter

Apparently born in Australia.[1]

Had moved to London by 1926, when he illustrated London Nights: Studies and Sketches of London at Night by Stephen Graham.[2] Also illustrated Twice Round the London Clock & More London Nights by the same author in 1933.[3][4]

Illustration for Illustrated London News, 1927.[5]

Cartoons for Punch, 1933.[6]

Drew daily strip All in a Day's Work in the Daily Herald,[7] which was syndicated to Australian newspapers from the mid-30s on.[1][8][9][10] Lasted until at least 1945.

Son Thomas Oliver Elmes born in Smirna House, White Notley, Essex, 1934.[11] His mother's maiden name was Holmes.[12] Oliver was an artist in his own right and died in 2011.

Drew Bobby Bear in Mickey Mouse Weekly (1936) and Happy Families Comic (1938).[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Comicoz Part 1: Newspaper Strips
  2. London Nights on Abebooks
  3. Twice Around the Clock on Abebooks
  4. Dancing Sailors, The Greenwich Phantom, 31 July 2008
  5. Mary Evans Picture Library
  6. Vintage Punch Cartoon on
  7. Denis Gifford, The History of the British Newspaper Comic Strip, Shire Publications, 1971, pp. 35
  8. All in a Day's Work, The Daily News, Perth, 16 December 1935
  9. All in a Day's Work, The Argus, Melbourne, 30 January 1939
  10. All in a Day's Work, The Argus, Melbourne, 18 August 1945
  11. Oliver Elmes, The Small Paintings Group
  12. Thomas O Elmes' birth record, Genes Reunited
  13. *Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 54
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