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British Private Eye cartoonist, writer and jazz musician, creator of the obituary poet E.J.Thribb and co-creator (with Richard Ingrams) of Royal correspondent Silvie Krin.
Fantoni saw himself as an iconoclast, and wrote scripts for the BBC programme "That Was The Week That Was" in 1962. He had his first cartoon published in Private Eye in 1963. He also drew a series for Private Eye entitled "Hall of Fame" which he claimed was designed "to chop people down to size": A cartoon published on 23 August 1963, showing the actor Terry-Thomas as a drunk outside a theatre, led to a libel case and damages.
In 1966 Fantoni presented "A Whole Scene Going On", a BBC series on music and fashion where Twiggy made her first appearance, and was voted TV Personality of the Year.
At Private Eye Fantoni not only supplied cartoons and caricatures, but wrote the famous obituary poet "E. J. Thribb" and "Old Jewett" columns. With Richard Ingrams he also co-wrote mock serials by the Royal correspondent "Sylvie Krin".
In 2010, after 47 years with Private Eye, Fantoni retired to France to write detective fiction and write his memoirs. He had contributed to all but 31 of the 1278 issues.
This is a very fine vintage 1960s photograph (8" x 8.25") boldly signed in period in blue ink across the image. In very good condition. RARE.