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Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Rohland, photographer. Herblock seated, in profile, drawing a cartoon on a drawing board, using small brush, April 20, 1949. Reproduction of gelatin silver print. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00)

Cartoonist and Artist

Plying his brush to finish a cartoon, Herblock is immersed in making his artwork at the Washington Post where he became its editorial cartoonist in 1946. From that point on, he focused steadily on cartooning day after day, first winning the Heywood Broun Award in 1949 for outstanding journalistic achievement from founder of the American Newspaper Guild. Broun believed that social ills could be exposed and perhaps remedied by journalists. Herblock subsequently won many additional prestigious awards throughout his career at the Post, from which he never retired. He mentored many cartoonists and influenced the work of future generations.