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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Exhibition Items

Themes and Genres

  • Alice Barber Stephens (1858–1932). Selma Threw Herself at Full Length on the Ground, 1895. Published in Gertrude Blake Stanton's "Three Chapters" in The Cosmopolitan, April 1895. Watercolor. Gift of D. Owen Stephens, 1932. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (002.00.00) 
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38581
  • Marge Henderson Buell (1904–1993). Little Lulu, 1942. Probably published in The Saturday Evening Post. Ink and watercolor over graphite underdrawing. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (009.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–05784
  • Barbara Brandon-Croft (b. 1958). Where I'm Coming From."Yes, That's My N.O.W. Literature You See on the Coffee Table," December 15, 1991. Ink, tonal film overlay, and opaque white over pencil. Gift of the artist, 1995. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (013.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-33043 WHERE I'M COMING FROM © ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. Reprinted with Permission. All rights reserved.
  • Anita Kunz (b. 1956). Tugged, 2001. Published in Working Woman, October, 2001. Watercolor, gouache over graphite. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (022.00.00) LC-DIG-ppmsca-03323 © Anita Kunz
  • Roberta MacDonald (1917–1999). [Wife dressed for work kisses sleeping husband good-bye], 1943. Published in The New Yorker, September 25, 1943. Ink, opaque white, and graphite. New Yorker Cartoon Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-33574
    Roberta MacDonald/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank © Condé Nast
  • Ann Telnaes (b. 1960). For the New Year I've Decided to Give Up Smoking, Drinking, and My Civil Rights, October 28, 2001. Ink brush over pencil and graphite underdrawing with opaque white. Gift of the artist, 2004. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (032.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–04690 © Ann Telnaes

Golden Age of Illustration

  • Mary Hallock Foote (1847–1938). A Pretty Girl in the West, 1889. Published in "Pretty Girls in the West" in Century Magazine, October, 1889. Graphite and wash. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (001.00.00) 
    LC–DIG–cai–2a12522
  • Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871–1954). Life Was Made for Love and Cheer, 1904. Published in "The Red Rose," Harper's Magazine, September 1904. Watercolor and charcoal. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsc–04735 
  • Jessie Willcox Smith (1863–1935). He Looked Up at the Broad Yellow Moon and Thought That She Looked at Him, 1916. Published in Charles Kingsley The Water Babies, 1916. Charcoal, watercolor, and oil. Gift of the artist, 1935. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (005.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsc–05892
  • Jessie Gillespie (Willing) (1888–1972). Panta=loons, 1914. Published in Evening Star Sunday Magazine, October 25, 1914. Ink, graphite, and watercolor. Purchase, 2010. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (004.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–31859

Early Comics

  • Rose O'Neill (1878–1944). Kewpies. And in Foozleville They Don't Believe in Ghosts! October 12, 1935. Ink over graphite underdrawing with scraping out and paste-on. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (006.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–08333
  • Grace Drayton (1877–1936). Campbell's Soup Kid presentation piece, ca. 1910. Watercolor and ink. Purchase, 1994. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (007.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–53434
  • Dale Messick (1906–2005). Brenda Starr. "This Basil St. John Must Be Quite a Man,” August 13, 1965. Ink over pencil with blue pencil, scraping out and paste-ons. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsc–00178
  • Virginia Huget (1900–1991). Molly the Manicure Girl. "Exercise is Making a New Girl out of Me, Molly. . . ,” August 11, 1928. India ink over pencil, with blue pencil. Gift and bequest of Caroline and Erwin Swann, 1974. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51789
  • Jackie Ormes (1911–1985). Torchy in Heartbeats. "Evenin', Torchy” and "Torchy Togs.” Published in Pittsburgh Courier (insert), August 4, 1951. Gift of Nancy Goldstein, 2010. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00). Courtesy of Nancy Goldstein
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-38597

New Narratives, New Voices

  • Lynn Johnston (b. 1947). For Better or For Worse. \"Well—It's Very Nice of You Two to Come and See Me Today!\" April 21, 1985. Ink over graphite underdrawing, with paste-ons. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (012.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51788 © Lynn Johnston
  • Alison Bechdel (b. 1960). Dykes To Watch Out For. Through a Glass, Hardly, 1993. India ink and opaque white over graphite underdrawing. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–04907 © Alison Bechdel
  • Hilary Price (b. 1969). Rhymes with Orange. Take Your Daughter to Work Day, June 8, 2015. Ink. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (016.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51302
    Rhymes with Orange © 2015 Distributed by King Features Syndicate
  • Lynda Barry (b. 1956). Title and introductory pages for Common Scents. Smell, 2002. Published in One! Hundred! Demons! 2002. Collage of watercolor, ink, foil, fabric, photomechanical prints, and other materials; and ink and watercolor on photocopy. Purchase, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00; 015.00.01)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51296; LC–DIG–ppmsca–51298. Copyright Lynda Barry, used by permission by Drawn & Quarterly
  • Lilli Carré (b. 1983). My Dreams Have Been Quite Strange Lately (recto), 2010. Silkscreen. Chicago: Spudnik Press, 2010. Gift of the artist, 2011. Small Press Expo Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (017.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-40505 © Lilli Carré
  • Trina Robbins (b. 1938). Disastrous Relationships. Cover for Wimmen's Comix, no. 14, 1989. Serial and Government Publication Division, Library of Congress (018.00.00)
    © Trina Robbins

Editorial Illustrators

  • Bernarda Bryson Shahn (1903–2004). Arkansas Sharecropper and Wife, ca. 1935. Lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (019.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–05932
  • Sue Coe (b. 1951). War, 1991. Published in The Progressive. Watercolor and graphite. Gift of the artist, 1995. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (020.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–37424. Copyright © 1991 Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
  • Frances Jetter (b. 1951). Remembering the Iraqi War Dead, 1991. Linocut. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (021.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51312 © Frances Jetter
  • Whitney Sherman (b. 1949). Children Playing on a School Playground Surrounded by Drugs, 1993. Published in 1993 Annual Report of the Robert Wood Foundation. NuPastel, ink, photocopy, and collage. Purchase, 2013. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (023.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38589 © Whitney Sherman

Magazine Covers and Cartoons

  • Peggy Bacon (1895–1987). The Quest of Beauty, between 1936 and 1941. India ink and black crayon on off-white wove paper. Gift and bequest of Caroline and Erwin Swann, 1977. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (024.00.00). Courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries, New York.
    LC–DIG–ppmsc–05877
  • Anne Harriet Fish (1890–1964). [Dancing couples, no. 1]. Cover for Vanity Fair, March 1920. Ink, watercolor, and gouache, with painted overlays. Gift and bequest from Caroline and Erwin Swann, 1977. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (025.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-37418
  • Helen Hokinson (1893–1949). Reunion—"Remember That Shy Alice. . . ," ca. 1943. Ink wash and collage. Published in New Yorker, June 19, 1943. Purchase, 2014. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (026.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca–38577 © Helen E. Hokinson/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
  • Roz Chast (b. 1954). Mixed Marriage. Takes Two to Tango, 2008. Published in The New Yorker, October 13, 2008. Ink and watercolor. Purchase, 2010. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (028.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-31865. Copyright © 2008 Roz Chast, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC. Roz Chast/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
  • Anita Kunz (b. 1956). Child Abuse, 1992. Cover for Ms. Magazine, January/February, 1993. Watercolor and gouache over graphite. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-03330 © Anita Kunz

Political Cartoonists

  • Anne Mergen (1906–1994). A Million Reasons Why You Should Vote, 1941. Ink, crayon, and graphite. Gift of Matthew Bernhardt and Christine Hoverman, 2006. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (030.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33578
  • Signe Wilkinson (b. 1950). How Can I Make Sure My Child Won't Suffer from the Wage Gap Between Men and Women? Have a Boy, 1988. Ink, blue pencil, and opaque white. Gift of the artist. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (031.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–37446 © Signe Wilkinson
  • Lisa Benson (b. 1958). Fiscal Sanity, 2009. Ink drawing. Gift of the artist, 2012. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (033.00.00)
    LC–DIG-ppmsca-37445 © Lisa Benson
  • Jen Sorensen (b. 1974). Slowpoke. "The Prevailing Trend in Business is Paying Nothing for Online Content," 2008. Ink over graphite. Gift of the artist, 2011. Small Press Expo Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33058 © Jen Sorensen
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