The following information was submitted in November of 2006 by Daniel Lindley:
Duncan Ian Macpherson (born September 20, 1924 in Toronto - died May 3, 1993 in Toronto) was an editorial cartoonist. He drew for the Montreal Standard (starting 1948) and for Maclean's he illustrated the writings of Gregory Clark and Robert Thomas Allen. He became most known for his work with the Toronto Star; which he joined in 1958.
Macpherson had dropped out of high school at age 17, in 1941, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and serve in World War II. While stationed in England, he began taking art classes, and also studied the cartoons of the Great David Low--Daily Standard, Daily Express and so on.
Leaves the army in 1946.
In 1947, with the death of his father he briefly takes over the family textile business.
In 1948, he studies at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
In 1948, he is working for the Montreal Standard.
In 1950, he continues his course of study at the Ontario College of Art .
In 1958 he joins the Toronto Star.
1959, he wins the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
1960, he wins the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
1962, he wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
In 1965, he exhibits his work at the Art Gallery of Toronto (later named the Art Gallery of Ontario).
1965, he wins the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
1970, he wins the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
1972, he wins the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
In 1980, he retires from the Toronto Star for the first time.
On April 25, 1993 Macpherson retires from the Star again, and dies eight days later.
Duncan Macpherson was well known for his ruthless style. Terry Mosher refers to him as the"king of the third wave." One of Macpherson's most celebrated cartoons featured Diefenbaker as Marie Antoinette saying "Let them eat cake," after Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow project and its 14,000 jobs. Pierre Berton has said this cartoon was"the beginning, I think, of the country's disillusionment with the Diefenbaker government...scarcely anybody had taken a crack at Diefenbaker until then." from Ryerson Review of Journalism by Alex Mlynek
Awards and Honors:
Molson Prize: 1970
National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning: 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1972.
News Hall of Fame: 1976
Member of the Order of Canada: 1987.
Royal Academy Medal
Ryerson Review of Journalism