Wyncie King Caricatures, ca. 1920
Wyncie King Caricatures, ca. 1920
King, Wyncie, 1884-1961
Wyncie King was a noted caricaturist and political cartoonist of the early 20th century. Born in Covington, Georgia in 1884, King got his start in Louisville in 1910 where he worked as the feature cartoonist for the Louisville Herald. King gained national recognition for his work while in Louisville; he would later go on to work for the Philadelphia Public Ledger and as a contributing artist to the Saturday Evening Post. King remembered his time in Louisville fondly, and in his final years donated a portion of his drawings and personal papers to The Filson. Most notable among King’s drawings are eighty-one pen and ink sketches and watercolor caricatures, mostly of Kentuckians and visitors to Louisville. They were created between 1920 and 1921, during King’s final years in the city. “There were people of character and distinction in the community of that era,” King wrote to Filson Curator Dorothy Cullen in May 1958. “I savored the making of each drawing and remember many details of each.” The caricatures provide an unusual glimpse into the “life and likeness” of these historical figures that is hard to glean from books, documents, or even formal portraits. The development of King’s artistic style is documented by these caricatures drawn early in his career.
Wyncie King Papers, The Filson Historical Society
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Wyncie King, as drawn by a fellow caricaturist.
Sergeant Alvin York, World War I hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor. King sketched him when he stayed at the Watterson Hotel in Louisville during his bridal trip. On the back of the drawing, King wrote that York was "a mild looking gent to be…
Pencil and watercolor sketch of Andrew G. Leonard, who was the steward of the Kentucky Jockey Club. Leonard holds a pair of binoculars in his hand.
Pencil and watercolor sketch of Desha Breckinridge, editor of the Lexington Herald from 1897 to 1935.
Brigadier General Francis Marshall commanded troops at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I and was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He died in an airplane crash in 1922.
Harriet Monroe was the editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago, Illinois and played an important role in the development of modern poetry. King sketched Monroe when she visited Young E. Allison in Louisville.
Harvey Joiner was a landscape artist from Louisville known for his paintings of beech trees.
James D. Black, former governor of Kentucky. King sketched most of his subjects from the shoulders up, but in this drawing we get the impression that Black was a short man with an eye for fashion.
Lieutenant Adrien Florent was a member of the French Military Mission at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I.
Otto Rothert, author and secretary of the Filson Club. In this caricature, King gave Rothert's features an effeminate cast. On the back of the drawing, he noted that Rothert was a good friend of Young E. Allison.