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Victoria Davidson (1915-1999)


Inscribed with title and 'homo sap', stamped 'picture post' and date stamped '26 jul 1952' on reverse

Pen and ink with bodycolour

5 ½ x 7 inches

Picture Post, 26 July 1952, 'Homo Sapiens'

Moved to the UK from Germany in 1935 and initially struggled to find work. She was introduced to Stefan Lorant by her neighbours and first became a contributor to Lorant's 'Lilliput' from its third edition and a regular contributor to 'Picture Post' from 1938. Davidson was always paid per drawing despite working with the magazines for 20 years. At one point the 'Lilliput' cover carried her notable 'Victoria' signature for a full 18 months.
Both Jewish, Lorant urged her to leave with him for America as the war worsened but she declined, continuing to work. She never missed a deadline.

She was particularly known for her illustrations of readers' letters in 'Picture Post' and this would have been one of the last pieces of hers published in the magazine before it ceased publication in the 1950's.

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