Lewis Christopher Edward Baumer was born in St. John's Wood, London in 1870. He attended the St. John's Wood Art School, the RA Schools and the RCA. He started contributing cartoons and illustrations to the Pall Mall Magazine in 1893 and then to many others including the Bystander, Cassell's, Illustrated Bits, Pears' Annual, Sketch and the Christmas numbers of the Graphic. He was a contributor to Punch magazine for fifty years, starting in 1897. Considered as Du Maurier's successor, he specialised in gently humourous scenes of middle and upper class life. Baumer was also noted for his charming portraits of young girls in the Tatler, acquiring popularity as "the Baumer Girl". In addition, Baumer illustrated several books including 'The Perfect Gentleman' (1912), 'Vanity Fair' (1913), 'The Complete Sportsman' (1914), 'The Shallow End' (1924), 'Silver and Gold' (1925) and 'Bright Young Things' (1928).