Leading cartoonist and illustrator dies, aged 71

Martin Honeysett
Martin Honeysett

A much-loved cartoonist, who worked for the national press, has died aged 71.

Martin Honeysett, of White Rock Gardens, passed away last Tuesday (January 20) after a short illness.

He was a leading satirical cartoonist and illustrator with an acerbic sense of humour.

During a career spanning four decades Mr Honeysett worked for magazines and newspapers including

After initial rejections, he sold his first cartoon to the

As well as newspaper and magazine work he illustrated several books for adults and children, including Sue Townsend’s

Mr Honeysett won awards at cartoon festivals in Europe and Japan, and his cartoons and paintings appeared in exhibitions at public galleries such as Chris Beetles in St James’s. Examples of his work are held in public collections including the Cartoon Art Trust and the V&A. From 2005 he spent two years as a visiting professor at Kyoto Seika University, the only institution in the world to have a cartoon faculty.

Mr Honeysett loved living by the sea and took regular swims by the pier, right up until Christmas as long as the sun was shining. He lived in Hastings for more than 25 years and contributed greatly to the social and cultural life of the town. He volunteered at the Samaritans when he first moved to Hastings and enjoyed participating in the town’s festivities. This included joining a team for the annual pram race and drawing a poster for the Jimmy Read memorial bike race. Mr Honeysett was also an advocate of public art and helped set up the Riveria Art’s group that was established in St Mary in the Castle. He illustrated the first Coastal Currents brochure and contributed other work to council publications. His funeral will take place at Hastings Crematorium on Friday, February 13.