John Ryan (1921-2009) was a British cartoonist who is most well known for creating the popular children's cartoon, Captain Pugwash.
Ryan attended Ampleforth College which was a Catholic boarding school. There he was encouraged to draw by Father Sylvester who was himself a former cartoonist.
Ryan studied art at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London and went on to become an assistant art master at Harrow School.
In 1950, Ryan's Captain Pugwash first appeared in the Eagle comic book, however the character was dropped from the comic book due it being too "childish" for the target audience.
The BBC commissioned a Captain Pugwash television series in 1957 which ran until 1966. The character also appeared in the BBC Radio Times from 1960 until 1968.
This original sketch of Captain Pugwash by John Ryan measures 5" x 7.5" and is mounted to an overall size of 8" x 11".
The sketch shows Pugwash in a full length pose, standing in a field with flowers holding a sword.
Ryan has written the title "Captain Pugwash" above the sketch and has added his autograph beneath it.
In fine condition.