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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Exhibition Items

Themes and Genres

  • Jessie Gillespie (Willing) (1888–1972). [Young woman in white dress with fan contemplating goldfish in ornate fishbowl], 1910–1920. Gouache and lead white. Purchase, 2010. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (004.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–31860
  • Dale Messick (1906–2005). Brenda Starr. Brenda Has a Visit from the Captain . . . , January 7, 1956. Ink, graphite, and colored pencil. Purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress  (008.01.00) 
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33587
  • Barbara Brandon-Croft (b. 1958). Where I'm Coming From. "In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue," 1992. Ink, tonal film overlay, and opaque white over pencil. Gift of the artist, 1995. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress  (013.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38048
    WHERE I'M COMING FROM © ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. Reprinted with Permission. All rights reserved.
  • Anita Kunz (b. 1956). Hands, 1996. Published in Time, December 30, 1996. Watercolor, gouache, and collage over graphite. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (022.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–03309 © Anita Kunz
  • Roz Chast (b. 1954). Style. Published in New Yorker, March 16, 2009. Ink and watercolor. Purchase, 2010. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (028.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–31869. Copyright © 2009 Roz Chast, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC. Roz Chast/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
  • Signe Wilkinson (b. 1950). Don't Worry. Your Privacy is Protected by the Constitution, 2007. Published in the Philadelphia Daily News, July 13, 2007. Ink, opaque white, and graphite. Gift of the artist, 2007. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (031.00.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33055 © Signe Wilkinson

Golden Age of Illustration

  • Mary Hallock Foote (1847–1938). Between the Desert and the Sown, 1895. Published in "Conquest of Arid America," Century Magazine, May 1895. Wash drawing. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (001.01.00)
    LC–DIG–cai–2a12521
  • Alice Barber Stephens (1858–1932). She Bent Down Over the Dead Monk, 1900. Published in Nathaniel Hawthorne The Marble Faun, 1900. Oil painting. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (002.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38582
  • Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871–1954). Once More the Herald Set the Trumpet to His Lips and Blew, 1911. Published in Richard Le Gallienne "Tapestries of Twilight," Harper's Magazine, May 1911. Oil and watercolor. Cabinet of American Illustration, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.01.00)
    LC–DIG–cai–2a13037
  • Jessie Willcox Smith (1863–1935). Oh, Don't Hurt Me! Cried Tom. I Only Want to Look at You; You Are So Handsome, 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 (005.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsc–05895

Early Comics

  • Nell Brinkley (1886–1944). [Golden Eyes with Uncle Sam dog]. Published as cover for Seattle Times Magazine, April 18, 1918. Watercolor, ink, gouache, and opaque white over graphite. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (006.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–01603
  • Grace Drayton (1877–1936). Dimples. "I Hope You Have Made Some Good New Year's Resolutions—," December 26, 1915. Ink over pencil with scraping out and paste-on. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (007.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–19109
  • Marge Henderson Buell (1904–1993). Drawn by Woody Kimbrell. Little Lulu."Fellers, I Make a Motion That We Let Lulu and Annie Join Our Tree House Club," January 25, 1958. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (009.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33577
  • 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)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–23877

New Narratives, New Voices

  • Raina Telgemeier (b. 1977). Smile, 2009–2010. Published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Photocopied and hand-assembled minicomic. Gift of the artist, 2009. Small Press Expo Collection, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (011.01.00). Copyright © 2010 by Raina Telgemeier. Used by permission.
  • Lynn Johnston (b. 1947). For Better or For Worse. "So Rather Than Get a Job Now, I'll Pick Up the Credits I'm Missing—and Maybe Get My Degree!" November 19, 1980. Ink over graphite underdrawing with tonal film and paste-ons. Gift/purchase, 2003. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (012.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33041© Lynn Johnston
  • Alison Bechdel (b. 1960). Dykes To Watch Out For. Body and Soul, 1992. India ink and whiteout over graphite underdrawing. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (014.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–04909 © Alison Bechdel
  • Lynda Barry (b. 1956). Title and introductory pages for Common Scents. Sniff. Published in
    One! Hundred! Demons! 2002. Purchase, 2016. Collage of watercolor, ink, foil, fabric, photomechanical prints, and other materials; ink and watercolor on photocopy. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.00.02; 015.00.03)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51297. Copyright Lynda Barry, used by permission by Drawn & Quarterly
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51299. Copyright Lynda Barry, used by permission by Drawn & Quarterly
  • Jillian Tamaki (b. 1980). [Rose and Windy at the beach], ca. 2013. Ink. Published in This One Summer, 2014. Purchase, 2013. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (016.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–40502 © Jillian Tamaki
  • Lilli Carré (b. 1983). My Dreams Have Been Quite Strange Lately (verso), 2010. Silkscreen. Chicago: Spudnik Press, 2010. Gift of the artist, 2011. Small Press Expo Collection, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (017.01.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-40506 © Lilli Carré
  • Carol Tyler (b. 1951). Men: Start Your Collection Today. Cover for Wimmen's Comix, no. 16, 1990. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (018.01.00)
    © Carol Tyler

Editorial Illustrators

  • Bernarda Bryson Shahn (1903–2004). The Empire Builders, "Those Christian Men to Whom God in his Infinite Wisdom Has Given Control of the Property Interests of the Country," 1935.
    Lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (019.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–05929
  • Sue Coe (b. 1951). Union Carbide, 1986. Graphite, gouache, and wash. Purchase, ca. 1989. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (020.01.00)
    LC-DIG-ppmsca-40496. Copyright © 1991 Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
  • Frances Jetter (b. 1951). Textbook Censorship, 1984. Linocut. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (021.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51309 © Frances Jetter
  • Melinda Beck (b. 1976). Hate Speech, December 1, 2013. Published in California Magazine, April 16, 2014. Giclée print. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (023.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38590 © Melinda Beck

Magazine Covers and Cartoons

  • Ethel M'Clellan Plummer (1888–1936). Vanity Fair on the Avenue. Cover for Vanity Fair, June 1914. India ink, gouache, and watercolor over pencil. Gift and bequest of Caroline and Erwin Swann. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (025.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–01591
  • Helen Hokinson (1893–1949). "They're All Staying for Supper, Nora. Any Inspirations?" ca. 1939. Ink brush and ink wash over graphite. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (026.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51807 © Helen E. Hokinson/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
  • Dorothy McKay (1904-1974). "Watch Your Language. I'm Not on Your Board of Directors," ca. 1954. Published in Esquire, March 1954. Watercolor. Purchase, 2014. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (027.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–51308
  • Maira Kalman (b. 1949) and Rick Meyerowitz (b. 1943). Sketch for New Yorkistan, 2001. Cover for New Yorker, December 10, 2001. Porous point pen and ink. Gift of the artists, 2002. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (029.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–02127 © Maira Kalman  © Rick Meyerowitz

Political Cartoonists

  • Anne Mergen (1906–1994). Giving Them Something to Think About, 1954. Published in The Miami Daily News, April 14, 1954. Ink, crayon, and graphite. Gift of Matthew Bernhardt and Christine Hoverman,  2006. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (030.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–33579
  • Ann Telnaes (b. 1960). So, Which One of You Gets to Endure Centuries of 2nd Class Status and Being Legally Considered the Property of Your Husband? November 21, 2003. Ink brush over pink pencil and graphite underdrawing with opaque white. Gift of the artist, 2004. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (032.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–04713© Ann Telnaes
  • Lisa Benson (b. 1958). Social Security, 2010. Ink drawing. Gift of the artist, 2012. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (033.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–37444 © Lisa Benson
  • Liza Donnelly (b. 1955). "Next Semester, I was Thinking of Taking ‘How to avoid rape,' but the Pre-requists [sic] are ‘How to Dress,' ‘How to Behave,' and ‘How to Please,'" ca. 2014. Ink and wash drawing. Gift of the artist, 2014. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (034.01.00)
    LC–DIG–ppmsca–38585 © Liza Donnelly
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