Peter Whalley

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Peter Whalley
Born(1921-02-21)February 21, 1921
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
DiedSeptember 18, 2007(2007-09-18) (aged 86)
Saint-Jérôme, Québec, Canada
AwardsCanadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame

Peter Whalley (February 21, 1921 – September 18, 2007) was a Canadian caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and sculptor.[1]

Whalley was born in Brockville, Ontario, went to King's Collegiate School in Windsor, Nova Scotia until 1937,[2] and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art.[1] After serving with the Canadian Merchant Marine during the Second World War,[1] he later established himself in Montreal as a prominent humorist, beginning in the 1940s with the Montreal Standard.[1] He would become well known in the 1960s and 1970s doing covers for Maclean's, Weekend and the Montrealer magazines.[1]

He used a distinctive stripped-down style to send up the cultural and political life of Canada. As an illustrator, he collaborated on works with Eric Nicol[1] and John Robert Colombo,[3] among others.[1]

In 1965, Whalley won first prize for Political Cartooning at the International Salon of Caricature and Cartoon.[4] In 2007, he was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame.[5]

He died in a hospital in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, aged 86.


  • Nicol, Eric (2003). Canadian Politics Unplugged. Illustrations by Peter Whalley; introduction by Stuart McLean. Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-466-1.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hustak, Alan (22 September 2007). "Cartoonist displayed sardonic humour". The Gazette. Montreal.
  2. ^ Whalley, Peter (June 3, 1959). "The wit and wisdom of Peter Whalley". Open House (Interview). Interviewed by Fred Davis. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ "WHALLEY, Peter". Canadian Animation, Cartooning and Illustration. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Peter Whalley (b. 1921)". Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 21, 2006.
  5. ^ Wright, Doug (June 6, 2005). "First Ever Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning Handed Out In Toronto". Designtaxi. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-28.