A brilliant draughtsman, Macpherson championed a distinctive style. His caricatures were unique in English Canada: wicked, mischievous, and sometimes cruel. One colleague, Gary Lautens, described his work as a combination of "Mary Poppins, Mark Twain and Attila the Hun." Macpherson described himself as a heckler. His acid portraits of Prime Minister John DIEFENBAKER made him famous. He was the first cartoonist to hire an agent to negotiate a salary with his editors, and was instrumental in winning editorial autonomy for his profession. He succeeded in having cartoonists recognized as independent contributors to the editorial page, not merely as illustrators. Macpherson's Canada, a collection of watercolours, pastels and drawings, was published in 1969, and his cartoons have appeared in a dozen anthologies. He was elected to the News Hall of Fame in 1976.
See also Cartoons, Political
Author ALAN HUSTAK
Links to Other Sites
Decoding Political Cartoons
Find out what goes on between the lines in Canadian political cartoons. From Library and Archives Canada.
Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists
The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists, a professional association concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance, and student editorial cartoonists in Canada. Check out their links to websites for past and present Canadian editorial cartoonists.
Mike & Dief
Duncan Macpherson's editorial cartoon that parodies what was seen by the public as a childish feud between Lester Pearson and John Diefenbaker fueled by the drawn out flag debate.
Political Cartoonists Respond to Medicare
See page 87 for a review of editorial cartoons that reflect public sentiment about the introduction of Canadian "medicare." From Google Books.
Caricature of Glenn Gould
Scroll down the page to view an image of Duncan Macpherson's caricature of Glenn Gould. From Library and Archives Canada.