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William Papas ('Papas')

(1927-2000), Cartoonist and caricaturist

Artist of 4 portraits
Grew up in South Africa, and studied at Johannesburg Art School. Moved to England in 1946 and studied at St Martin's School of Art in London. He spent two years travelling round Europe, sketching, before returning to South Africa and working as a staff artist and reporter on the Cape Times. In 1959, Papas moved to England and joined the Guardian. He worked at first as an illustrator and deputy to political cartoonist David Low. In 1961, he began contributing cartoons to the Sunday Times. Papas succeeded Low as political cartoonist on the Guardian in 1963. He left and moved to Greece in 1970, where he remained for thirteen years, after which he settled in Oregon, USA.

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(Alfred) Ernest Marples, 1st Baron Marples; Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching, by William Papas ('Papas') - NPG 5357

(Alfred) Ernest Marples, 1st Baron Marples; Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching

by William Papas ('Papas')
pen and ink and blue crayon, published in the Guardian 24 September 1962
NPG 5357

'So what if we lose a few shopkeepers votes' he said, by William Papas ('Papas') - NPG 5360

'So what if we lose a few shopkeepers votes' he said

by William Papas ('Papas')
pen and ink and blue crayon, 1964
NPG 5360


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Elena Mannion

16 March 2017, 06:49

Message for Joyce Forman: Papasart is the website managed by Papas's wife, Theresa. You could reach her through the website. I am the Publisher at Pikku Publishing. We are republishing Papas's Greek fable TASSO, a outstanding children's story book, next month. There is still great interest in his work, and you may hear more about Papas in the media this month and next when TASSO is published. All good wishes, Elena Mannion

Joyce Forman

13 April 2016, 04:57

I purchased a Papas watercolor in about 1985 on the island of Hydra. Picture was of an older Greek man (maybe fisherman) with a sack slung over his back. The sack was in the shape of a butterfly. I am interested in contacting someone perhaps in his family that might know the history of the picture and who the man portrayed. I have an idea but not sure.

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