George Adamson was born in the Bronx, New York in 1913, the son of a master car builder for the Interboro-Rapid Transit Co. (IRT), Manhattan. He received his art training at the Mining and Technical College, Wigan, England and afterwards at Liverpool College of Art. From 1940 to 1946 he served in the RAF-for some time as an official war artist-and later lectured in engraving and illustration at Exeter College of Art, before working for the design group Byrne & Woudhuysen in London and then setting himself up as a full-time illustrator and cartoonist. He illustrated well over 80 books including several by Ted Hughes and worked extensively for Punch and Private Eye, as well as doing many cartoons for the ‘Peterborough’ column of the Daily Telegraph.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1987.