. Pen and ink drawing, matted. 7" x 9-1/4". Light spotting. Dated June 19, 1915, in pencil on verso. Very Good.
On the July 4th weekend, 1915, former U.S. Secretary of State and perennial Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan gave a speech at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It was only two months after the Germans had sunk the American passenger vessel Lusitania. Soon after the sinking he had resigned as President Wilson's Secretary of State. His views, openly pacifistic, had enraged much of the country. Hence, particularly after his speech, he became known as a "peace at any price" kind of guy. Kemble's cartoon skewers him.
Edward Windsor Kemble (1861–1933) was an American illustrator, best known for illustrating Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'. His artistic talent was such that he was a successful contributor to periodicals by 1881. He became the major political cartoonist for the 'New York Graphic'. His only formal artistic training occurred at the Art Students League of New York. When Life magazine was founded in 1883, Kemble became a frequent contributor; he was also a staff political cartoonist for Collier's, Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Weekly, and Judge. Item #33215