The leading British cartoonist of the interwar period, Henry Mayo Bateman was born to English parents in Australia. In 1889 the family returned to England. Bateman studied at the Westminster School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. At seventeen he began to contribute to The Tatler and later, to Punch Magazine. He was one of the best paid cartoonists of the day and also worked for advertising and the Ministry of Health.