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Tony Rafty

Australian caricaturist

Tony Rafty (born Anthony Raftopoulos; 12 October 1915 – 9 October 2015) was an Australian artist. He specialized in drawing caricatures. He sketched sportsmen and women at every Olympic Games from 1948 (in London) to 1996 (in Atlanta).[1]

Tony Rafty
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Rafty in 1944, during his service with the Australian Army as an official war artist
Born
Anthony Raftopoulos

(1915-10-12)12 October 1915
Died9 October 2015(2015-10-09) (aged 99)
Sydney, Australia
NationalityAustralian
StyleCaricature
Spouse(s)
Shirley Morey
(m. 1952; w. 2012)

Rafty was born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia. His parents were Greek immigrants.

In 1981 Rafty became the world’s first caricaturist to have subjects appear on national stamps, with caricatures of sportsmen Victor Trumper [1], Walter Lindrum [2], Sir Norman Brookes [3] and Darby Munro [4] appearing on stamps issued by Australian Post.[2]

Rafty died on 9 October 2015 in Sydney, Australia from complications of pneumonia, three days before his 100th birthday.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hugh Holt (16 November 2010). "Tony Rafty OAM:Witness to Indonesia's war of independence". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. Tingle, Greg. "Tony Rafty: Caricaturist and Australian National Treasure". Media Man. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. Masters, Roy (10 October 2015). "Sketcher of the stars Tony Rafty dies days before his 100th birthday". smh.com.au.

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