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William Hewison (1925-2002)

William Hewison (1925-2002)

A prominent contributor to
Punch Magazine as well as its Art Editor for 24 years, William Hewison made a substantial mark on the world of British cartoons and caricatures from the 1950s until the turn of the millennium.

Hewison was born in South Shields, County Durham, on 15 May 1925, the youngest son in a family of greengrocers. His father was a sign maker and decorator, and Hewison began to paint and draw from an early age, partially under his father’s tutelage. On leaving school, he attended South Shields Art School (1941-43), before leaving for military service. He served as a gunner and wireless operator in the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in France during the war, before finishing his service at GHQ Cairo. After being de-commissioned, he moved to London to study at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1947 to 1949, where he met his wife.

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