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An Armistice Day Tribute

Armistice Day Tribute
Clifford Berryman (1869B1949)
November 11, 1928
Pen and ink over graphite under drawing on paper
Probably published in The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), November 11, 1928
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift of the artist, 1945 (58A.6)
[ Digital ID# ppmsca-05578 ]

Clifford Berryman made this drawing on Armistice Day, ten years after the truce of November 11, 1918, that ended World War I. He depicts Uncle Sam standing before a garlanded tomb and paying his respects to Americans who served in that conflict. A Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and Washington institution, Berryman used fine pen and ink lines and cross hatching to render the figure, tomb, and classical backdrop to create a solemn mood that commemorates the first World War=s end, and the service and sacrifices by soldiers of America=s armed forces. In 1954 Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all American veterans.


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