1947 American Political Cartoons
I purchased them about seven or eight years ago from the estate sale of the lady to whom they're dedicated. And that's really all I know.
They are the original drawings for political cartoons that were used and copyrighted by the "Chicago Tribune" in 1947. The piece on the left is by a known cartoonist-illustrator named Carey Orr. The piece on the right is by Ed Holland. They're dated 1947. They really speak to the time and place that the United States was involved in: references to the Democratic and Republican parties, references to Europe, and very, very astute notions of political ideas. The drawings are in really very good condition, and another issue that I think is really wonderful, that really speaks to the creative process, is here, you see the shadow, the sort of pentimenti of the artist changing his mind-- there's an eraser mark that talks to him moving the composition and changing it a bit, and I think that adds a real sense of vitality to the drawing, as well. Do you have any idea of the value of the two pieces?
None-- I paid five dollars apiece for them.
Well, you did very well.
They're terrific original cartoons, and as a pair, I would lot them at about $300 to $500.
Really? Thank you. I'm surprised.
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