Ben Uri collection

Work by Vicky

Victor Weisz, or, ‘Vicky’, as he came to be known, was a Berlin-born and educated artist and political cartoonist of Hungarian-Jewish descent. His father died when he was a teenager, and he became the family breadwinner. At the age of 15, he began publishing his cartoons in the newspaper 12 Uhr Blatt, but his open opposition to Nazism made it dangerous for him to remain in Germany and he immigrated to England in 1935. After a period of freelancing, he joined the The News Chronicle, as a daily cartoonist, becoming one of the most recognisable satirists in England at the time, owing to his uncompromising blend of political critique and dry humour. Comical characters such as Supermac (based on the Conservative leader and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan) appeared in his works with the same regularity as pieces portraying the famine in India or the effects of racial discrimination. His work has been variously compared to twentieth-century Chinese modernist woodcuts, to the prints of Käthe Kollwitz, and to the paintings of George Grosz. However, his cartoons are “not as bitter as Grosz’s, and not as heavy as Kollwitz’s” (Mulk Raj Anand). In 1958, Vicky’s 14-year tenure at The News Chronicle came to an end after he clashed with the then editor-in-chief Robert Cruikshank. Vicky relocated to The Daily Mirror, and then to The Evening Standard, where he had unparalleled liberty of expression, also contributing to the weekly New Statesman. Privately, however, this was also Vicky’s most tormented period and after suffering personal and political disillusionment, he committed suicide in 1966.

29 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

A 'Writer' Outside a Post Office

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422i

Arab

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422ii

Beggar, Bombay

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422iii

Berlin: Crisis? What Crisis?

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422iv

Donkeys in Delhi, Agra Road

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422ix

Charlemagne

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422v

Chinese Mushrooms

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422vi

Constitution

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422vii

De Gaulle

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422viii

Drama Awards

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422x

East of Suez

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xi

Epitaph

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xii

Every Inch of Russia

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xiii

Family

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xiv

Marples' Fog

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xix

Halt

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xv

How to Quit Jordan

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xvi

Leader of the Flock

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Accession number 1987-422xvii

Les Folies d'Elysée

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Accession number 1987-422xviii

Modern Railways

Object type drawing

Accession number 1987-422xx