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PykeYeats

Caricature of W. B. Yeats (1941)

Robert Pyke (1916-1987) was a caricaturist from Dublin. He was educated at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, and worked in Britain for a time sketching film stars for newspapers, magazines and publicity sheets. He returned to Dublin, where he survived by drawing advertisements in newspapers and painting backdrops for the shows of comedian Jimmy O'Dea. In the 1940s and 50s he established his reputation as a caricaturist, turning down invitations to work in Fleet Street in favour of remaining in Dublin. His work was regularly featured in the Evening Press in the 1950s.

ReferencesEdit

  • Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century, Merlin Publishing, 2002

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