Satire in the Time of War - Hal Eyre

Start Date: 01/12/2018 Start Time: 12:00 am End Date: 10/01/2019 End Time: 12:00 am


Waverley Library
1 December – 10 January

It’s hard to imagine finding the ‘amusing’ side of war, however acclaimed World War One cartoonist Hal Eyre did just with his highly regarded satirical cartoons. This rarely seen view of the War is now on show at Waverley Library in a free display of Eyre’s work, drawn from the State Library of NSW collection.

The display features reproductions of 20 of his most comical cartoons which are beautiful and enlightening illustrations of the debates and controversies of the time.

Hal Eyre (1875–1946) was born at Sofala, NSW, and attended school in Forbes and later Bathurst, where he began his artistic career by caricaturing his schoolteacher. Eyre’s cartoons were in great demand during the war and in 1908 he was employed as the regular political cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph.

In 1920 the State Library purchased 357 original drawings he produced for the paper during World War One.

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