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King-Sean-Bunny

"Sean Bunny" by Marion King, The Irish Times, 1957

Marion King (b. 1897, d. 13 July 1963) was a cartoonist, illustrator and painter on glass. She was born in Trim, County Meath, but her family moved to Leeds, where she studied at Leeds College of Art. She returned to Ireland in 1922, settling in Monkstown, County Dublin, and exhibited in several locations around Dublin during her lifetime (1934 Angus Gallery, St Stephen's Green; 1937 Academy of Christian Art, 42 Upper Mount Street Dublin) but also lived for a time in Paris where in 1936 she exhibited at the Salon des Femmes Peintres and the Salon des Artistes Français. She wrote and illustrated a number of children's books with Irish texts and had a programme on Radio Éireann - Drawing and Painting with Marion King which began in 1943. The programme introduced the cartoon character Sean Bunny, who got his own comic strip, "The Adventures of Sean Bunny", in The Irish Times, running from 1953 until King's death in 1963.

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