Detail from [Farmer seated on a bench playing a fife] by Louis M. Glackens, 1907. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
This is the cover illustration of Puck's Monthly Magazine and Almanac from the October 1907 issue. Puck was a magazine of humor and satire which contained many cartoons on social and political issues at the turn of the century. In this country scene a farmer sits on a bench near his house and plays a simple cylindrical fife. His wife stands in the doorway and holds her ears. All the animals in the barnyard scatter at the fearful noise he makes. Roosters squawk and flap their wings, a dog howls, and a black cat runs away in fright. There is no text in this issue of Puck which describes the cover. It is simply a humorous illustration. The artist's initials, "L. M. G.," appear in the masthead but, in earlier issues, the artist sometimes signed his name, "L. M. Glackens," on the cover illustrations. This would be the artist, Louis M. Glackens (1866-1933), the brother of the more well-known painter, William Glackens (1870-1938).
About the Artist
Louis M. Glackens, illustrator, cartoonist and animator, 1866-1933
Louis M. Glackens was an American illustrator from Philadelphia. He began working for Puck magazine in the 1890s to which he submitted many humorous illustrations. Later, he provided drawings for early animated films. His younger brother, William Glackens (1870-1938), was part of a group of painters in New York known as the "Eight" who were also referred to as the "Ashcan School."
- The Library of Congress has a 10-volume set of Puck which dates from 1905 to 1914. LC call number: AP101.P725. [back to article]
- See a brief biography of Louis Glackens in Wikipedia and a history of Puck magazine also in Wikipedia. Biographical information on William Glackens is available in an online article by M. Sue Kendall, "Glackens, William J." in Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online (subscription only). [back to article]