STARR WOOD (1870-1944) SIGNED ORIGINAL PENCIL, PEN, BLACK INK PUNCH MAGAZINE GAG CARTOON, “Starr Wood,” 10 x 12.5, on heavy card stock, January 12, 1921, by 19th-early 20th century British Punch cartoonist. This cartoon shows two older women talking. Wood's handwritten caption (the publisher would later set it in type) reads: “Remember Mrs Gilkins it’s us working women wot’s made England what it is.” “Lamme, we aren’t as bad as all that, are we?” Wood was having trouble deciding on how to word the caption and you can see his several attempts before arriving at his final solution. His backstamp lists his address, copyright, terms of sale and return of the original art. There are a few publisher/printer notations in pencil, general age toning, a few minor stains not affecting the image, otherwise in fine condition. This original cartoon comes with a copy of the page where the cartoon actually appeared in Punch Magazine. Some collectors mat around the main image area to highlight the original artwork while other collectors like to frame the piece, as is, to show the various stages the original art went through at the publishers.
STARR WOOD turned freelance cartoonist after his first drawing was published in 1892. In addition to his Punch cartoons he contributed to several other British publications, including: Chums, Fun, Judy, Chips, Parade, John Bull, Bystander, Humorist, Passing Show, Tatler and Strand from 1898-1935.
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