Lawson Wood was a wellknown painter, illustrator and designer from London. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and Frank Calderon's School of Animal Painting. Between 1896 and 1902 he worked on the staff of publisher C. Arthur Pearson. Turning freelance in 1902, he contributed his work to magazines like The Graphic, The Strand Magazine, Punch, The Illustrated London News and Boys Own Paper.
During World War I, Wood served in the Kite Balloon Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, spotting planes from a balloon. The patriotic drawings he made during the War were later published by Dobson Molle & Co. Wood's comic pages were filled with humorous policemen, dinosaurs, Stone Age characters, and especially monkeys and apes. One of his best known characters was the ginger ape 'Gran'pop', that appeared in his own Annuals (1936-50), and in magazines like Collier's and Laughter!. He was one of the few British artists of the time that became famous in the USA, plans were even made for a series of cartoon adaptations by Ub Iwerks' studio (the plans were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II).