Fred Barnard's successor on the staff of Fun was John Gordon Thomson..., who drew "big cuts" (as Punch termed its central cartoons) for Fun from 1870 to 1893, when he was succeeded by Wallis Mackay. Thomson was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 2 September 1841, and had moved to London by the time he was twenty to work as a civil servant. Thomson contributed to Punch in 1861, The Graphic in 1870, and moved to Fun the same year. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1878, illustrated books and magazines for Samuel Beeton and others. — John Adcock, Yesterday’s Papers.

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Illustrations for Dickens's Pictures from Italy (1880)

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Dickens, Charles. American Notes for General Circulation and Pictures from Italy. Illustrated by J. Gordon Thomson and A. B. Frost. London: Chapman and Hall, 1880.

John Gordon Thomson.” Yesterday’s Papers. Web. 2 April 2016. [Note: this gives his "presumed" year of death as 1911, but he is now known to have died in 1923.]

Thomson, John Gordon. "Engraved Title." Scenes and Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens; being eight hundred and sixty-six drawings, by Fred Barnard, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz); J. Mahoney; Charles Green; A. B. Frost; Gordon Thomson; J. McL. Ralston; H. French; E. G. Dalziel; F. A. Fraser, and Sir Luke Fildes; printed from the original woodblocks engraved for "The Household Edition." London: Chapman and Hall, 1908.

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