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Alek Sass Alek Sass i(A51371 works by) (birth name: Alexander Phillip Williams) (a.k.a. Alexander Phillip Sass; Alex Sass; Alec Sass; SAS)
Born: Established: 1877 Wiltshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: Dec 1922 Mosman, Cremorne - Mosman - Northbridge area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1880-1889
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Painter and cartoonist Alek Sass came to Melbourne with his family during the 1880s and subsequently studied at the National Gallery of Victoria School at night (ca.1890-1893) while working as a sign-writer. 'When he began working as a cartoonist on Melbourne Punch (1896-1912) he used the name "Alek Sass" (sometimes given as "Alex" and he was later wrongly but commonly called "Alec Sass" by Smith's Weekly). His cartoons for Melbourne Punch include a pair signed "SAS"' which were published 4 November 1897.'

Sass revisited London ca.1911 and during the period 1912-1918 he also worked in New York where he drew for New York World and designed posters for the movies. He eventually settled in Sydney and worked as a commercial artist with the firm of Smith & Julius (Sydney Ure Smith and Harry Julius, qq.v.). Sass was the third artist to join Smith's Weekly (ca.1919) and later became the first art editor of that publication.

(Source: Dictionary of Australian Artists Online)

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