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Our founding father, Richard Ingrams

Features | By Craig Brown

Richard Ingrams by Mark Boxer

Thirty years ago, Richard Ingrams, 84, created The Oldie. Sixty years ago, he set up Private Eye. Craig Brown salutes his hero

Mark Boxer once drew a caricature of Richard Ingrams dressed up as a schoolboy, wearing a tiny cap, sitting down with his hands lodged awkwardly between his legs, his mouth set in one of those upside-down smiles, like an upturned U, and a steely, unforgiving look in his eyes. ‘Caricature is a serious thing,’ wrote one of Ingrams’s favourite authors, G K Chesterton. ‘It is almost blasphemously serious. Caricature really means making a pig more like a pig than even God made him.’ ...

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