William H. Walker is moving


William Henry Walker (1871-1938), Santa Speeding Down Road in Motorized Sleigh, 1903. Charcoal on paper. Signed and dated in ink, l.c.: ‘Wm. H. Walker 1903’. Published in Life Magazine, December 10, 1903. Graphic Arts GA 2006.01951


William Henry Walker (1871-1938), Elves Serving Dinner to Santa and Mrs. Claus, 1903. Charcoal on board. Published in Life Magazine December 10, 1903. Graphic Arts GA 2008.01214

In the William H. Walker Cartoon Collection MC068, housed in Mudd Library, there are approximately 1,000 pen-and-ink cartoon drawings, which Walker published in Life magazine between 1894 and 1922.

Recently, we found eight additional charcoal sketches in graphic arts, which will now be moving over to Mudd so that researcher will have access to all drawings in one convenient location.

Born on February 13, 1871, Walker started drawing cartoons for Life in 1894 and joined the staff full-time four years later. The magazine, still barely ten years old, successfully promoted Walker’s combination of serious politics and humor. Drawings at Mudd Library focus particular attention on the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Other drawings moving to Mudd include:
The Father of Our Country as Seen by His Children, n.d. [ca. 1907].
Do You Ever Think of Being Married? Think? Think!! Why, I worry! 1898.
Two Seated Women with Books, 1898.
Woman on Steps Calls to Boys in Sailor Suits, 1898.
Cadet. Lieut. Capt. Col. Gen., 1909.