Traveling Exhibits - With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age
With a Wink and a Nod showcases rare original drawings made for the American humor magazine Puck, a pioneering publication that helped shape the character of American humor. Puck and its artists sought to bring about change through humor, attacking those guilty of corruption, greed, or vanity, and supporting the rights of underdogs.
Published for four decades, from 1876 to 1918, Puck was packed with lavish cartoons, color lithographs, and biting satire about everything from politics to fashion and domesticity. The magazine was the first to use full-color lithographs in every issue, employing vivid color on the front cover, centerfold cartoon, and back cover. Puck's cartoons were often bold, graphic, and exaggerated, with content ranging from silly to sarcastic.
Puck helped develop American humor, from earlier tall–tales to the more urbane and literary humor associated with publications such as the New Yorker, by serving as a training ground for a generation of talented cartoonists. Many of the most important American illustrators of the period contributed work for publication in Puck. Original drawings in a variety of styles by artists such as Samuel Ehrhart, Louis Dalrymple, Louis Glackens, Franklin Howarth, Frederick Opper, and William Rogers are featured in the exhibition. Puck's editors encouraged experimentation and their artists pushed the limits of the art form. The popular magazine remains a valuable resource for understanding how Americans viewed politics, religion, and other aspects of daily life during the Gilded Age.
Image above: "The Haunted Auto" by Alfred Zantziger Baker (American, active ca. 1899 - 1911), published as the cover of Puck's April 20, 1910, issue portrays the ghosts of unfortunate animals haunting the reckless operator of a relatively new invention, the automobile. Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.
With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age examines Puck's humor through 74 original drawings created for the magazine from the collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, and 23 vintage issues of Puck. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. With a Wink and a Nod has been organized by the Flagler Museum, with special thanks to Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.
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