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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Mss. A K54a
Mss. A K54b
Mss. A K54
The package in which Wyncie King sent his caricatures to the Filson.
Pen and ink sketch of Young E. Allison, author and newspaper editor. A prolific writer, Allison is remembered for his epic piratical poem "On Board the Derelict," an expansion of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest."
Bennett H. Young, Confederate officer and prominent Louisville attorney. During the Civil War, Young led Confederate forces in a raid on St. Albans, Vermont.
Ilya Tolstoy was a writer and son of Leo Tolstoy. King sketched Tolstoy while he stayed in Louisville at the Watterson Hotel.
Sidney Bernheim, a co-worker of Wyncie King, sold advertisements for the Louisville Herald. The sketch gives the impression that Bernheim was an unusually tall individual with poor posture.
Patrick O'Sullivan, a gifted composer and pianist who hailed from Louisville, Kentucky. On the back of the drawing, King remarked that O'Sullivan was the "very essence of the Irish."
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.
Lieutenant Adrien Florent was a member of the French Military Mission at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I.
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.
Harvey Joiner was a landscape artist from Louisville known for his paintings of beech trees.