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Poy (Percy Hutton Fearon) (1874-1948)

Percy Hutton Fearon (1874-1948), known as 'Poy'

ving been trained in the United States, Percy Fearon injected a particular rigour into his political cartoons for English newspapers. A cast of recurring characters and familiar symbols are brought to life through his rapid, confident lines.
Percy Fearon was born in Shanghai, China, on 6 September 1874, the son of a merchant who acted as Russian consul for the city. His father was also an artist, who had been taught by George Chinnery, a family friend. In 1876, the family moved to Staten Island, New York, and Percy attended the New Jersey Academy. Encouraged by the political cartoonist, George G Bush, in his decision to become an artist, he studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Chase School of Art; the American pronunciation of his Christian name, as ‘Poycee’, would later suggest his pseudonym.
On the death of his father in 1897, Fearon and his mother moved to Bath, England.