The Colorful Figure

Los Angeles: 1941. Item #043809

A 14.5 x 12.5-inch original pen and ink political cartoon, framed under glass, by Bruce Russell, a major political cartoonist in Southern California. The image depicts a hapless and dismayed old figure (labelled "U.S. Taxpayers") with wallet in right hand and "New 1940 income tax forms" in his left hand, with a large bulge ("tax raises") coming out of his left eye. The cartoon was occasioned by two federal tax increases passed in late 1940. Inscribed and signed by Russell on the lower edge: "To R. L. Patterson with kindest regards, Jan. 17, 1941 Bruce Russell, Los Angeles Times". In the upper right corner of the image is also a Russell profile head sketch of the recipient (?) labelled "Pat". Russell (1903-1963) was a Southern California political cartoonist starting for the Cub Californian at UCLA and then at the Los Angeles Times beginning in 1927. During the 1930s his nationally syndicated cartoon "Rollo Rollingstone" amused newspaper audiences. By 1934 he was the lead political cartoonist for that newspaper, was eventually awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1946, and continued drawing until his death.

Price: $450.00

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