guess that a FAN is someone who, having loved the cartoon, also wants to know something
of the cartoonist.
Their life and their life as seen by others. Their other works and who influenced
them? And more...
A good start to AH’s biography is the DAAO [Dictionary of Australian Artists Online]
entry for Arthur Horner and
His wife Victoria Cowdroy. A cartoonist in her own right.
The late Professor Joan Kerr was very active in acknowledging and recording Australian
Cartoonists and contributed many entries to the DAAO.
The obituaries by Jane Sullivans (his daughter) - a carefully cut out copy of which
I found in my Dad’s files - and one from Les Tanner, a famous Australian Cartoonist,
tells us something about the man and the cartoonist.
AH of course knew almost every Australian cartoonist and a mighty Swag of some of
the Great Pommy ones as well.
I was recently surprised when I found out that “Eric Jolliffe”, an ICONIC Aussi Cartoonist,
called AH his “mate”.
Recently Jane wrote a Fathers Day Tribute which showed us some snippets of AH the
father. This, together with Tanners obit, showed us his chaotic work patterns and
helps explain why he was loathe to jump into the saddle of CP once he had returned
Horner is mainly remembered for his CP work but before that? Julia Wakefield (his
daughter) pointed us to some of his early works. He later drew Citizen Doe and the
occasional Political Cartoon.
He also illustrated various books. I am still hunting these down but do own a Young
Adult book [YA] he worked on.
As a FAN I also wanted to know “...what made Arthur laugh...”, and who or what
influenced him. This lead to a rather interesting discussion on the Yahoo group with
some observation from his daughters. I have tried to collect examples of these cartoonist
and writers. Obviously this is an ongoing project and any suggestions are welcome.
As a FAN I also wanted to see the originals. Where are they?
Some landed in the NLA [National Library of Australia]. And some ended up in Kent
University. Possibly one of the better collections of cartoons. I have also seen
a single sheet - one strip - for sale on the Net. Expensive!
These originals are now fragile and the NLA is very protective. Despite our desire
to use them as the source, this was not to be but is still our acme.
At some stage the TRUE FAN might also want to know about the other TRUE FANS. What
Eventually I hope to write a sagamissiveessay, a few words at least, about our
group with appropriate acknowledgements and perhaps a few extracts from the correspondence.
One day I also hope for a Photo Album of AH et. Al.
I believe there is a picture of Arthur “holding a Donkey Foal”. That would have to
Till then I’ll only mention the online “The Age” achieves and the State Library of
Victoria’s Newspaper room as an interesting starting point for your explorations.