STARR WOOD (1870-1944) SIGNED ORIGINAL PENCIL, PEN, BLACK INK GAG CARTOON, “Starr Wood,” 10 x 12.5, on heavy card stock, by 19th-early 20th century British Punch cartoonist. This cartoon shows a lady sitting at her dressing table applying makeup, while a matronly woman stands by. Wood's handwritten caption reads: “Oh why was I born an actress?” “You weren’t dearie.” 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 stains not affecting the image, 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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