Rene Bull was born in 1872 in Dublin, Ireland. His father was English and his mother French
Rene studied engineering in Paris but decided he wanted to pursue art and took drawing lessons from the famous cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré who went by the pseudonym Caran d’ Ache.
When Rene returned to England in 1892 he settled in London and began creating wordless cartoons for Illustrated Bits and Pick Me Up.
In 1896 he became a war artist for the Black and White news magazine. He covered the Afghan War the Armenian Massacre and the Greco Turkish War. In 1900 he was severely wounded covering the Boer War.
Returning to England he worked as an illustrator and cartoonist. He is most remembered for his illustrations for The Arabian Nights in 1912 and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in 1913 and Gulliver’s Travels in 1928.
Rene Bull died in 1942