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Picture South Perth - May and Herbert Gibbs Postcard Collection

May and Herbert Gibbs Postcard Collection

   

 

 

For Herbert and May, art was seriously fun

 

May Gibbs recalled of her years in South Perth that 'My interest at that time was everything I saw and I was particularly keen on making fun of things'. Her powers of observation and sense of fun had been nurtured by her parents and were lifelong traits. As a child, she had watched her father Herbert drawing irreverent cartoons for Perth newspapers.

 

She first worked professionally as a cartoonist in 1902 and, during the 1920s, produced comic strips for two rival Sydney newspapers. Father and daughter also drew countless whimsical caricatures for family and friends. Gentle self-mockery is typical of May's intimate domestic sketches, with an awareness of human frailties underpinning most Gibbs humour.

 

Anna Arabindan-Kesson and Dr Ken Spillman, historical research and text.

 

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Creator

May Gibbs, 1877-1969


Herbert Gibbs, 1852-1940

 

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