Collection RC0764 - Andy Donato collection

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Andy Donato collection

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  • [197-]-[1980] (Creation)

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25 items

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Andy Donato was born in Scarborough, Ont. in 1937. He graduated from Danforth Technical School in 1955 and in 1961 he began working at the Toronto Telegram. After the Telegram went under in 1971, he joined the Toronto Sun. He retired from the Sun in 1996 but continued to publish cartoons there on a free-lance basis. His cartoons feature his signature “bird”. Some of his most famous work was done during the Pierre Trudeau and Joe Clark years in Ottawa. His work has won many awards including a National Newspaper Award. His work has also been published in book collections and has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Johannesburg and London He has served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

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The collection consists of 22 drawings.

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Collection (77-2009) was acquired from Morris Norman in 2009. One cartoon (11-2010) was added in 2010.


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-3 sketches, felt-tip marker on paper: head of René Lévesque; head of John Diefenbaker; heads of Robert Stanfield plus hand with banana and Joe Clark with mittens hanging from his ears. All three sketches are signed and have Donato’s “bird” included. For years, Joe Clark was drawn with children’s mittens (joined by idiot strings), a reference to the time his luggage went missing on a trip to Israel.
-19 pen and brush, sepia wash cartoons on board, for the Toronto Sun: Subjects include Canadians Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Robert Stanfield, René Lévesque, Maurice Duplessis, John Sewell, Joe Clark, Governor-General Jeanne Sauvé, Jim Coutts and Keith Davey, and Gerald Bouey. Ronald Regan is a subject of one cartoon as is Prince Charles. Two have been dated in ink: 13 Feb. 1978 and 24 Feb. 1978. An additional cartoon was added in 2010, titled "Oops!".
-1 felt-tip marker and brush cartoon on paper, for the Toronto Sun, of Brian Mulroney, on the verso is a pencil sketch of Mulroney (prelim to the cartoon).

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