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FRED MORGAN (1865-1932) Philadelphia artist political cartoon drawing

FRED MORGAN (1865-1932) Philadelphia artist political cartoon drawing

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Directory: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1910: Item # 1415914

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This is a drawing in ink, 16 3/4" by 12 1/2" (25 1/2" by 21" in its old stained oak frame), signed at lower right by English-born artist Frederick (Fred) Sommerville Morgan (1865-1932). The name "Fred Morgan" is typically quickly associated with a major British impressionist painter, known for his sentimental genre paintings of little girls and their St. Bernard type dogs, in idyllic landscapes, (which bring to the half million dollar range at major auctions). Originally I thought this an atypical work by that artist, but further research online revealed that our Fred Morgan, though apparently somehow related to the famous English painter, was actually active as an editorial and political newspaper cartoonist in Philadelphia from about 1898. Fred had emigrated to the United States from England in 1870 with his father Matthew Somerville Morgan (1839-1890). The son's quite accomplished penwork was published often in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, in the first decades of the new century. Politically-themed works from around the time of the First World War are to be seen online. I believe the present image could be of a Philadelphia turn-of-the-century political figure. Condition is excellent, with only some inconsequential foxing especially at top----very, very faint and minor. The oak frame has some light wear but it could be easily sanded and re-stained. Allow for some reflections in glass and false yellowish colors in photos.