Matt Pritchett

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Matthew Pritchett MBE (born 14 July 1964) is a British pocket cartoonist who has worked on The Daily Telegraph newspaper under the pen name Matt since 1988.

Early life and education[edit]

Pritchett's father Oliver Pritchett, who was a columnist for The Telegraph for several decades,[1] is the son of the writer V. S. Pritchett.[2]

Pritchett attended a grammar school in south-east London before studying graphics at Saint Martin's School of Art. He began working as a waiter in a pizza restaurant, and began drawing cartoons in his spare time. His first cartoon was published in the New Statesman, and he soon began drawing cartoons for The Telegraph diary.[2] He had considered becoming a film-cameraman, but gave up after realising he had misunderstood the role.[3]


Following the death of Mark Boxer in 1988, Pritchett was hired by Max Hastings to be The Telegraph's new cartoonist.[2] His first cartoon in this role came the day after the newspaper was printed with the wrong date, leading them to make a front-page apology accompanied by a cartoon stating "I hope I have a better Thursday than I did yesterday".[3]

He was appointed an MBE in the 2002 New Year Honours "for services to Journalism",[4] and in 2005, Press Gazette inducted him into their Hall of Fame as one of the 40 most influential journalists of the previous four decades.[5]

He has won the British Press Awards' "Cartoonist of the Year" several times, and has been a nominee many other times.[6][7] His work has also been published in Punch.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pritchett is married to Pascale Smets, a Belgian former fashion designer. They met whilst studying at Saint Martin's, and have three daughters and a son together.[9] His wife's sister, Benedicte, is married to Martin Newland, a former editor of The Telegraph.[2][10]

Published works[edit]

  • The Best of Matt, 2004. Orion. 2004.[11]
  • Matt - The Best of 2008. Orion. 2008.[2]



  1. ^ Pritchett, Oliver (16 December 2018). "Life as a Sunday Telegraph journalist was full of historic - and bizarre - moments". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Davidson, Max (16 October 2008). "Cartoonist Matt makes his mark with a gentle touch". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b Burrell, Ian (21 November 2005). "Matt Pritchett: The Telegraph cartoonist gets top honour". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ "MBEs N - R". BBC News. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. ^ Gibson, Owen (22 November 2005). "Newspaper panel picks its top 40 - from agony aunts to war reporters". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Press Awards for 2012 – winners". The Guardian. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. ^ "British Press Awards". The Guardian. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Matt Cartoons (Matthew Pritchett) - Images | PUNCH Magazine Cartoon Archive". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  9. ^ Pownall, Elfreda (31 August 2019). "At the table for a Telegraph family feast with Pascale Smets and cartoonist Matt". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Media: A Family Business". The Independent. 17 January 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  11. ^ Sabin, Roger (12 December 2004). "68,647 ways to make you laugh". The Observer. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Legendary editor wins life award". The Guardian. 22 March 2000. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  13. ^ "British Press Awards 2008 - full list of winners". The Guardian. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  14. ^ "British Press Awards 2009: full list of winners". The Guardian. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  15. ^ Davies, Gareth (3 April 2020). "Telegraph wins Website of the Year at British Press Awards - one of 11 accolades". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Press awards: Everyday Sexism founder wins Georgina Henry prize". The Guardian. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

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