Michael McDonnell in the ‘Complete Book of Golf’ wrote. “Curiously, no modern
artist has bothered seriously, or perhaps memorably to capture the charm and beauty
of the game. Only George Houghton, among modern cartoonists, comes close to defining
its eternal challenge. His ‘Addict’ calendars and original cartoons are already regarded
as rare collectors’ items.”
Once, Henry Cotton played George Houghton for charity. The match was well attended
on the Ashridge course. Conceding 6 strokes, Cotton won 5 and 4! Here was a mighty
Houghton laugh when the crowd could well have claimed their money back.
Sean himself became addicted to George Houghton’s work after reading his books “Golf
on my pillow” and “Golf among the Irish”.
He acquired some original cartoons and on learning that George was still painting
prolifically at his home in Bridport, West Dorset, he arranged to visit him and his
wife Kay. There he purchased more cartoons and also watercolours, thus beginning
a close relationship with many more visits to Bridport to follow and the commissioning
of watercolours of famous golf courses and players.
Following Sean’s re-publication of “They flew through sand” he gained the choice
of copyrights of George’s cartoons, from which selections were made for use in Volumes
1 and 2 of Golf Addicts Cartoon books, which were a huge success.
When George died in 1993 his wife Kay entrusted Sean with the copyrights of George’s
entire lifetime’s work. At this time his