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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Edwina Dumm (1893–1990) Tippie, July 2, 1944. Ink brush with blue pencil and opaque white over graphite underdrawing, with overlay and paste-ons. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (010.01.00)

A Dog for the Ages

Edwina Dumm captures the vicissitudes of a dog's life in this strip and displays her fully developed drawing style that was suited to capturing the energetic antics of her characters. Beginning as a daily in 1918, her comic was expanded with a Sunday feature that ran from 1938 to 1963. Based on Dumm's keen, affectionate observation of dogs, Tippie is commonly recognized as the first continuity strip by a woman, which was is a landmark achievement.