Books: Architect Turned Cartoonist

CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES (224 pp.) — Osbert Lancaster — Houghton Mifflin ($4).

"My criteria," says 40-year-old Artist Osbert Lancaster, the urbanely acid political cartoonist of London's Daily Express, "remain firmly Anglo-Saxon . . . [My] standards of judgment are always those of an Anglican graduate of Oxford with a taste for architecture, turned cartoonist, approaching middle age and living in Kensington."

In 1944 Lancaster packed his criteria and went off to Greece, where the British government had assigned him to the Athens embassy as first secretary. After 18 months he returned to London...

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