Paul Herman Robinson

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Cartoonist

First name: 
Paul
Last name: 
Robinson
Date of birth: 
1908
Location of birth: 
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Date of death: 
1970

Paul Herman Robinson was born in Durban and attended Durban High School. He studied art briefly at the Natal Technical College. He did his apprenticeship in commercial art at the EP and Commercial Printing Company.

In 1929 he went to England and attended the Bolt Court School of Process Engravings and returned to SA in 1930 and received further training in printing at The Natal Mercury. In 1934 he was appointed art editor and his work included creating humorous illustrations and mini-cartoons.

In 1940 he joined the Second Anti-tank Regiment and was captured later that year south of El-Alamein. He was part of a team of SA artists responsible for the art work in publications such as The Wall and Tuturano Times.

After the war he returned to The Natal Mercury where he worked as editorial cartoonist until his death. He was against the policies of the ruling National Party and made this clear, particularly in his digs at the so-called ‘Bantustans’. He died in 1970.

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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