Vicky the Britisher

Gee, Malcolm (2012) Vicky the Britisher. Visual Culture in Britain, 13 (2). pp. 191-206. ISSN 1471-4787

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2012.675872

Abstract

The skill with which the young Viktor Weisz (a refugee Hungarian Jew from Berlin) assimilated distinctive ‘British’ idioms into his work, prompted by the editor of The News Chronicle Gerald Barry and his colleague Richard Winnington, was a key factor in his success as a political cartoonist from 1940 onwards, and has frequently been commented on. This essay fleshes out the portrait of the ‘British’ Vicky in two ways: first, by tracing in detail the development of his style in his early years on The News Chronicle, cataloguing and analysing his use of British literature and visual culture; and, second, by situating his work in relation to the field of political cartoons of the period, including the work of other, generally less successful émigré artists, and to constructions of national identity in the media.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Transnationalism and Visual Culture in Britain: Émigrés and Migrants 1933 to 1956
Uncontrolled Keywords: Viktor Weisz, The News Chronicle, Gerald Barry, political cartoon, David Low, John Tenniel
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2013 17:51
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11569

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