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Previously Unseen Work By Renowned 20th Century Maltese Cartoonist Donated To Birgu Museum

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An original – and previously unseen – comic by the renowned artist Alfred Gerada has been donated to the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna on Friday morning.

The cartoon was made by Gerada to commemorate the presentation of the George Cross to our islands. It was held in a private collection and was unseen for quite a long time.

Depicting Malta’s George Cross leaving a lasting shadow over the German mainland, the wartime cartoon was drawn to commemorate that vital presentation of April 1942 where Malta’s efforts and bravery were recognised.

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Photos by Miguela Xuereb

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Born in 1895, Alfred Gerada was a popular cartoonist who worked with Il-Berka and The Times of Malta, paving the way for today’s young designers.

This guy depicted Malta’s history for a really long time and his satirical cartoons left a giant mark on our history.

The drawing was donated by one of Malta’s most prolific theatre directors, playwright and actors; Nancy Calamatta.

If you want to see the drawing for yourself, you can visit the Malta At War Museum in Birgu, where it has been placed on permanent display.

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