EDGAR NORFIELD (1895 – 1977): An original satirical cartoon relating to the Coronation captioned “No dear, it will all happen in that place at the back”, circa 1950s

Edgar Norfield (1895 – 1977): An original satirical cartoon captioned “No dear, it will all happen in that place at the back”. The cartoon depicts two ladies looking up at a large stand being constructed in front of Westminster Abbey, London. We believe the artwork relates to the Coronation ceremony of HM Queen Elizabeth II, in June 1953. The drawing was possibly created for Punch magazine or similar publication.

The original artwork in ink and pencil on paper mounted on board, signed by the artist to lower right.

Dimensions: height 36.5cm x width 26.75cm


The Artist

Edgar Norfield (1895 – 1977) was a British illustrator, cartoonist and painter. Originally born in Cambridge, he studied at the Cambridge School of Art and later Hassall School of Art in London.

During his career Norfield, produced amusing and slightly risqué drawings for a number of magazines including Punch and Men Only. He frequently worked as a book illustrator for adult and children’s literature. Some of his most recognisable works are included in books by Reginald Arkell, C.R. Benstead and Paul Gallico.

To watch Edgar Norfield at work for Punch see this British Pathe film:


There are a number of works by Edgar Norfield included within our store – for a similar work see

EDGAR NORFIELD (1895 – 1977): An original satirical political cartoon relating to the Soviet Union captioned “Red Caviare – Red Caviare! – I Wonder If That Has Any Political Significance General?”, 1939

Dimensions: Height 36.5cm x width 26.75cm


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Condition Report: In overall good condition, some surface staining and rounding to corners.

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