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 Ambrose (Amb) Dyson  (1876 - 1913)

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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: illustrator, political cartoons

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Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Ambrose Dyson, often known as Amb Dyson was an Australian illustrator and political cartoonist, born at Alfredton, near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, the son of George Dyson, then a hawker and later a mining engineer, and his wife Jane, née Mayall. He was educated at state schools at Ballarat and South Melbourne. He was the older brother of the brilliant Will Dyson and the writer Edward Dyson.

He may have studied at the Melbourne National Gallery Art School and certainly took private lessons with Tom Durkin, but was mostly self-taught.

He was a frequent contributor to The Bulletin and Melbourne Punch, but his first regular position was with the Adelaide Critic from 1899 to 1903, then with The Bulletin. He worked as cartoonist for the Melbourne Table Talk from 1907 to 1910, while contributing to C. J. Dennis's Gadfly followed by the Sydney-based Comic Australian.

He may have been the first sports cartoonist for the Melbourne Herald, but more likely it was his son, Ambrose "Amby" Dyson (1908–1952)[2] who confusingly, published under the same name "Amb Dyson".

He died in Kew Insane Asylum, after suffering alcoholism and chronic syphilis related dementia and paralysis.


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