STARR WOOD (1870-1944) SIGNED ORIGINAL PENCIL, PEN, BLACK INK GAG CARTOON, “S.W.,” MONOGRAM, 10 x 12.5, on heavy card stock, by 19th-early 20th century British Punch cartoonist. This cartoon shows two men at a bar with the faces of both made with a clever use of the word “beer” and “whisky”. Wood's handwritten caption (the publisher would later set it in type) reads: “It is sometimes easy to tell a man’s taste from his face.” 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, and a printers crease on right margin that do not affect the image and could be matted out, otherwise in fine condition. 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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