Steve Bell

archive of his work at His current work and interviews with him are available at

approaches caricature by picking out key visual elements which he amplifies and distorts: Tony Blair’s eyes and ears, Margaret Thatcher’s
nose. These features make them look like Blair and Thatcher, but he also makes them a site of connotation – Blair’s eyes make him seem slightly demented, while Thatcher’s nose becomes hard and beak-like. In Steve Bell’s John Major, he’s worked with a fairly recognisable portrait of him, though in every cartoon Major is wearing his underpants on the outside of his suit, connoting a level of innocent ineptitude.

“It isn’t simply a question of getting the likeness: you have to discover the character behind the face. My early Thatchers are no more than press photos rendered into line drawings, but then the woman herself was not yet a fully formed personality.”