A few examples of Platinum-Age (1883 – 1937) Illustrations
from The SEKOTS studios Collection of Original Comic & Cartoon Art
1890 (Platinum-Age) Illustration by Samuel D. Ehrhart (1862-1937)
American cartoonist and illustrator born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Samuel D. Ehrhart received his education in the New York City school system. Subsequently, he studied art in Munich. His work appeared in Harper’s Monthly (1878-79), Puck (1880, and 1888-1913), and Judge (1887). In 1920 and 1930 he reported his profession as artist and his birthplace as Pennsylvania to the Brooklyn, New York census-taker.
1892 (Platinum-Age) Illustration by F.M. Howarth (September 27, 1864 – September 22, 1908)
A very nice Platinum-Age illustration (from PUCK Magazine) by one of the founding fathers of cartoon art. Dated 1892 (on the reverse), original cartoon art from this era, not to mention the work of Franklin Morris “F.M.” Howarth, is very rare and virtually non-existent. Features one of the earliest depictions of a public telephone booth to appear in a published cartoon or illustration. The first public coin operated telephone was installed by inventor William Gray in 1889 at a bank in Hartford, Conn. Quite possibly one of the finest examples of Mr. Howarth’s illustrative style still held in a private collection and, for being almost 120 years old, it is in amazing condition.
1890’s (Platinum-Age) Illustration by Walt McDougall (February 10, 1858 – March 1938)
A very nice Platinum-Age illustration by pioneering illustrator, author, and cartoonist Walt McDougall. McDougall was one of the most important and influential cartoonists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. McDougall is credited as producing the first daily newspaper cartoons and syndicated illustrations. In addition, McDougall produced the first color cartoon printed in a newspaper. This drawing is signed “McD” lower right. Publication instructions are written in pencil lower center. The drawing is in good condition, on illustration board with pin holes at the corners.
1893 (Platinum-Age) Illustration by F.B. Opper (January 2, 1857 – August 28, 1937)
Among the first wave of American Cartoonists and often regarded as one of the pioneers of the newspaper comic strip, here is a very nice “Platinum-Age” illustration by Frederick Burr “F.B.” Opper, dated 1893 on the reverse, this 11 ½” x 13” image depicts two men. Mr. Opper reworked the heads of both figures appearing in this piece and the new artwork over the original drawings. The two types of paper have aged differently. Original cartoon art from this era, not to mention the work of F.B. Opper, is very rare and virtually non-existent.
Late 1880’s (Platinum-Age) Illustration by C.J. Taylor (August 11, 1855 – January 18, 1929)
A very nice piece featuring a typical “Taylor Girls” young woman with a younger female child. Although undated, this piece was discovered in a batch of original Puck cartoons from the late 1880’s. Original cartoon art from this era, not to mention the work of Charles Jay “C.J.” Taylor, is very rare and virtually non-existent. A nice example of the lush pen and ink work that earned Mr. Taylor international acclaim.
The SEKOTS studios Collection of Original Comic & Cartoon Art is maintained by curator Dennis J. Stokes. All contents compiled and copyright 2013 by SEKOTS studios. All artwork and images are copyright of their respective copyright owners.