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Finey, George Edmond (1895 - 1987)

George Finey original cartoon artwork.

George Finey studied at the Elam School of Art, Auckland, and sold his drawings to local newspapers. Enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, he served as a driver in the Army Service Corps in Egypt and on the Western Front. Given leave to study art at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London, he admired the political caricatures in the German magazines Simplicissimus and Jugend. He was repatriated and discharged in 1919. Having moved to Sydney Finey worked on Smith’s Weekly from 1921. After leaving Smith’s Weekly, Finey worked for the Labour Daily. Following a period with Truth, he was employed by the Daily Telegraph and by the Sunday Telegraph which, in 1940, published a book of war cartoons by Finey, Wep and Bill Mahony. Finey’s war cartoons savaged Hitler and Mussolini. His work is represented in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.