The art of cartooning has been practiced by humans for centuries. What we think of as “cartoons” today began in the 17th century when artists such as Leonardo da Vinci used caricatures in early sketches to provide shape and form to their artwork. Cartoons later evolved as a form of satire and political protest and were used as such throughout history, notably during the French Revolution (1789-1799) and the American Civil War (1860-1865).
On display in this exhibition are cartoons and illustrations from the Washington State Historical Society’s collections, many of which have never been shown in a gallery setting. Artists shown will include John “Dok” Hager, James Griswold, Howard Fisher, Ronald Debs Ginther, Marja Van Wijk, and Ralph Chaplin.