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Vicky (Victor Weisz) (1913-1966)

Victor Weisz, FSIA (1913-1966), known as 'Vicky'

Four years after his arrival from Germany in 1935, Vicky prepared for his work as political cartoonist of the
News Chronicle by making a year’s study of English culture and society. Developing a brittle and biting pen line, he then drew for the Daily Mirror and the Evening Standard, for which he created ‘Supermac’, his highly memorable caricature of Harold Macmillan.

Vicky was born in Berlin of Hungarian-Jewish parents on 25 April 1913. At the age of 11, he studied with the painter Tennstedt. Following the suicide of his father, in 1928, he supported his family by becoming a freelance caricaturist. He worked as sports and theatre cartoonist for the radical anti-Nazi journal, 12 Uhr Blatt, until, in 1933, the paper was taken over by the Nazis.

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