JOHN JENSEN - PRINTED ART SIGNED 06/02/1973 - HFSID 80250
Sale Price $144.00
Australian cartoonist signs his name and date in black ink above clipping above one of his cartoons
Printed art signed: "John Jensen" in black ink. 4¾x7½. June 2, 1973. Word bubble: "I can remember, laddie, when only the feet were of clay". Statue reads: "The stern old-fashioned Puritan-ethic: Highly moral business & sexual standards of public & private behavior". Clipped from newspaper. Cartoonist John Jensen (b. 1930), was the son of cartoonist Jack Gibson, but later adopted his stepfather's surname before studying at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. Jensen's first cartoon was published in the Sydney Sun in 1946, after which he became a freelance cartoonist, getting published in other papers such as Australia National Journal and Pertinent. He decided to move to England in 1950, and earned his crossing working as a messboy on the SS Fred Christiansen and later as an actors' dresser at London's Piccadilly Theatre. Jensen started by drawing pocket cartoons and caricatures for the Birmingham Gatzette, and later submitting work for Punch in 1953. He was hired as a staff cartoonist from 1953-1956 for Scotnews Ltd., drew a "Laughlines" cartoon for the Glasgow Bulletin, and daily pocket cartoons under the name "Gibby"for the Glasgow Evening Times. He returned to London in 1956 and freelanced for many papers including Weekend, Daily Sketch, and High Life until getting a job at the London Evening News before becoming a political cartoonist for the Sunday Telegraph. Jensen continued submitting to Punch for the rest of his career as well as freelancing for newspapers around England. He was one of the founders of the British Cartoonists' Association in 1966 and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2000. He won the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the First Nottingham Cartoon Festival in 2002. Toned. Irregularly cut. Ink slightly smeared. Creased throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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