Dudley was born on 27th
November 1884 at 27 Dalmeny Road, Upper Holloway, the first child
of William and Kate Buxton. In 1908, Dudley was courting Winifred
Wiltshire, and several hand-drawn comic postcards to her have survived. Towards the
end of 1909, Dudley and Winifred were married at Brentford, and in 1911 they had a daughter Iris,
known from an early age and throughout her life as Codge.
Dudley Buxton directed
several early silent animated cartoon films, including "Ever Been Had" (1917), "Phillip Philm Phables" (1920),
"Running a Cinema (The Memoirs of Miffy)" (1921), and "Bucky's Burlesques" (1922). He also used Miffy as the main
character in his comic strip for the Glasgow Evening News. In 1924 and 1925 he
wrote and directed the "Pongo the Pup" series as
an answer to the American "Felix the Cat" of 1922.
Dudley was also well known
for his comic postcards, several examples of which are shown
||I'm getting round a Food
||"I'm in the Granny-Dears!"
Sources: Census 1891, 1901; family memories; 1837online.com;
updated 27 November 2009