About the Artists
Like political cartoonists? Want to know some more about the art of cartooning? What about some of our artists like C.K. Berryman, Reg Manning and Jack Sparling? Check out the links below to learn more about this fascinating medium and its artists.
There are more than forty artists that are represented in this collection. Some such as Jack Sparling, C. K Berryman, Gene Elderman or George T. Maxwell have multiple works archived. The majority of the artists represented by this collection completed their work during the mid-20th century. Many of the artists have overlapping relationships. For example, one of the prominent artists in this collection, Clifford K. Berryman, is the father of a second cartoonist that is represented on this website, James Berryman. Connections can also be made between James Berryman and illustrator Gib Crockett. Crockett worked under Jim Berryman at the Washington Star and took over his position as editorial cartoonist upon Berryman's retirement.
Of all the artists represented in this collection, one of the most interesting and well known individuals is Clifford K. Berryman. Berryman had a career as a cartoonist for more than fifty-eight years. He first began his work as a political cartoonist for the Washington Post in 1891. Before working as a cartoonist Berryman held a position as a messenger for the United States patent office. Berryman was equally critical of both political parties in his work. Unlike many cartoonists today his work did not tend to favor a particular side. As a result of his objectivity he was respected by many in Washington. 1
C. K. Berryman is also recognized for the role he played in the inspiration of the teddy bear. Many people know that the teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. What many individuals do not know however, is that this nickname was made popular by a cartoon drawn by Berryman. In 1902 Berryman drew a cartoon illustrating the moment in which Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear during a hunting trip. In actuality the bear in the story was an adult but in the cartoon Berryman depicted the bear as an adorable cub. The image inspired toy makers and the Teddy Bear was born!
Berryman went on to use the images of Theodore Roosevelt and the teddy bear in many more of his cartoons. In his career as a cartoonist Berryman estimated that he completed more than 40,000 drawings. In 1944 Berryman was honored by the Library of Congress and asked to provide 2,000 of his original cartoons to be archived. In the same year he was awarded the Pulitizer Prize for a cartoon titled "Where is the Boat going." Berryman passed away in December of 1949. However, his cartoon and legacy will live on for years to come. President Truman is quoted on saying to Berryman, "You are ageless and timeless. Presidents, senators and even Supreme Court justices come and go, but the Monument and Berryman stand."2
1. [“C. K Berryman Collection,” University of Mississippi Library and Collections, http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/archives/berryman.ph]
2. [“Clifford CK Berryman.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_K._Berryman (accessed May 1, 2012)]↩
Clifford K. Berryman