Fred Pegram was a painter, engraver and illustrator. He was born in 1870 in St Pancras, London. He went to study at the Westminster School of Art and then went to Paris. Pegram was a painter of portraits, figure subjects and landscapes.
He started his career as cartoonist and illustrator at the 'Pall Mall Gazette' in 1886, where he published theatrical sketches. He went on to Illustrated London News, Girls Own Annual, and the Daily Chronicle. He also illustrated many books, including: 'Poor Jack' (1897), 'At the Rising of the Moon' (1898), 'London's World Fair’ (1898), 'The Orange Girl' (1899) and 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1900).
Between 1889 and 1904 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy. In 1925 he was elected member of Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.
From 1894 until 1937 he worked almost exclusively for 'Punch', which was a weekly magazine of humour and satire.
During the First World War, Pegram served as a Special Constable at Buckingham Palace.
He died in 1937 in London.