William Edwin Pidgeon (Wep) attended Royal Art School classes, where he studied oil painting and life drawing. He did his first comic illustrations for his Technical High School magazine. He began his career in 1925, as an artist for the Sydney Evening News. Soon afterwards, he also appeared in Sydney papers like the Daily Guardian, the Sun, The World and as a political cartoonist in the Daily Telegraph. He was the creator of the comic strip 'In and Out of Society', that ran in the Australian Women's Weekly from 1933. Together with journalist Lennie Lower, Pidgeon formed a humorist team that increased the popularity of Women's Weekly from the 1930s onwards. Pidgeon is also known in the field of book illustration and fine art, having won the Archibald Prize for portrait painting three times.
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