caricaturist • historian • writer
Adrian Teal has been a full-time, freelance caricaturist and cartoonist since 1996.
As a child, he was a frequent visitor to ITV’s Spitting Image Workshop, receiving tuition from the head caricaturist with the kind permission of the show’s creators, Roger Law, Peter Fluck, and TV comedy guru John Lloyd. In 2007, Fate pushed Adrian back into the path of John Lloyd, and he produced a cover and wrote/illustrated historical spreads for the QI Annuals. His work has also appeared on QI itself.
As a cartoonist, Adrian has produced political cartoons and caricatures for publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Tribune, The Sunday People, The Times Educational Supplement, TimeOut, and The Daily Mail. He produces a regular cartoon for History Today.
From 2009, Adrian crowd-funded, researched, wrote and illustrated The Gin Lane Gazette, a bawdy, journalistic romp through the second-half of the 1700s. This is a compendium of highlights from a fictional eighteenth-century newspaper, dealing with entirely true stories from the age of scandal and bad behaviour. It was published by Unbound in 2013.
In promoting The Gin Lane Gazette, Adrian has spoken about bawdy, boozy and bizarre 18th-century history to many audiences, at venues such as Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival; the Hay and Chiswick literary festivals; an academic conference at Oxford University; York’s Mansion House; Bexleyheath’s Danson House; London’s Dr Johnson’s House, Benjamin Franklin House, and Bart’s Pathology Museum; and at both the Holburne and No.1 Royal Crescent museums in Bath.
In relation to his caricature work, Adrian has appeared on the BBC, Channel 5 and Sky One. Adrian blogs for the Huffington Post and has written for publications such as The Lancet, The Erotic Review, and History Today.