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 little boy telling his mother he ate too many apples. Wood's handwritten caption (the publisher would later set it in type) reads: “Mother, is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” “Yes, darling, why?” “Well, I’ve kept six doctors away this morning – but I’m afraid one’ll have to come this afternoon.” 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 small marginal tear upper right, 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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