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James Fitton was a founding member of the left-wing Artists’ International Association. He made his reputation as a political cartoonist for Left Review during the 1930s. With his colleagues James Boswell and James Holland, he was credited with the revival of a British tradition of political satire established in the eighteenth century by such figures as James Gillray.

Fitton’s post-war paintings often show public dining rooms of some sort, and demonstrate a gentler form of witty social satire. Frying Tonight is a typical example.

September 2004