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William Timym

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William Timym
Born(1902-10-05)5 October 1902
Vienna, Austria
Died31 May 1990(1990-05-31) (aged 87)
NationalityBritish (naturalised)
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts Vienna
Known forPainter, Animator
Notable workBleep and Booster
Timym's portrait of General Montgomery created during the Second World War for the Ministry of Information

William Timym, MBE (1902–1990) was an artist whose best known work is probably the Bleep and Booster cartoons for the BBC's Blue Peter.

Timym (pronounced Tim) was Austrian, grew up in Vienna and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He moved to England in 1938 because of the Nazi occupation of Austria and during the Second World War produced a number of works for the Ministry of Information.

He became a naturalised British citizen in April 1949.[1]

He was also a bronze sculptor and created many realistic (rather than stylised) wildlife sculptures. These include a statue of Blue Peter's dog Petra, a lion bust at Gloucester's Nature in Art museum, a lifesize Sumatran white rhino at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Canterbury, and a 15 ft (4.6 m) elephant fountain at Saint Louis Zoo. Other cartoons he produced include Bengo the Boxer puppy and Wuff, Snuff and Tuff.[2]


  1. ^ "HO 334/321/3177". The National Archives catalogue. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Bengo the Boxer Pup".

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