"In Remembrance of the teahouses"
Ding Cong was a famous cartoonist and illustrator, born in Shanghai. Desiring an easier life for his son, his father, well-known cartoonist Ding Song, refused to teach him to draw. Ding Cong became a professional cartoonist anyhow. Once he started publishing cartoons at the age of 17, he never stopped creating. His cartoons have brought him fame as one of the best cartoonists in China. In addition to his single cartoons, Cong's best-known cartoon series includes a comic called 'Reflection of the Society'.
Besides his drawings of fiction figures from the novels of writers such as Lu Xun (1881-1936) and Lao She (1899-1966), Ding has also contributed a column to Dushu (Reading) magazine. He had worked as an editor, stage designer and art teacher in China and Hong Kong during the country's war against Japan from 1937 to 1945. During his more than 60-year career in cartooning, Ding Cong has drawn cartoons, illustrated stories and designed for many different publications. He died in Beijing in 2009, aged 93.
A bust of 'Docile Man' (1945)