Fonds BC1460 - Tony Grogan Cartoons

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Tony Grogan Cartoons


  • 1974-2014 (Creation)

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51 archive boxes

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Tony Grogan is a cartoonist, illustrator and artist living in Cape Town. He was born in East London, matriculated at Selborne College and studied fine art at Rhodes University. Grogan taught for eight years, drawing highly critical cartoons for local newspapers under an alias before Daily Dispatch editor Donald Woods persuaded him to apply to fill the vacancy left at the death of the Cape Times' previous cartoonist, David Marais. One of the doyens of South African cartooning, he was the longest serving editorial cartoonist of the Cape Times having joined that newspaper in 1974. He has also done periods of service for the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent - the latter for twelve years. Until early 2015 he did the daily front page quip for the Cape Times, titled “Crack of Dawn” which also featured in the Natal Mercury. His work has also been published widely in newspapers abroad. As editorial cartoonist he has pilloried the social and political foibles of a crucial period of South African history. Tony Grogan is also an illustrator of note having illustrated many books, both children’s and adult. In addition he has authored seven of his own books of water colours and drawings illustrating his travels to different parts of Southern Africa. UCT Libraries mounted an exhibition of Grogan’s work in 2011.

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The collection comprises original cartoons by Tony Grogan categorised by theme, chronological scrapbooks of published cartoons and other publications, and original Crack of Dawn quips.


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BC 1045 Tony Grogan Cartoons

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