Thursday, June 10, 2010

R. Taylor's Wrong Bag

R. (for Richard) Taylor was born in Canada in 1902. He began his career in newspapers, and drew cartoons for various left-wing publications during the 1930s, including THE DAILY WORKER. He joined the stable of NEW YORKER cartoonists in 1936. Taylor's work is usually recognized by the large eyes on his characters.

These cartoons are from his book, WRONG BAG. My thanks go to Dave Miller for service above and beyond in providing these scans. Thanks, Dave!

Taylor died in 1970.


  1. HGE: "I was removing a thorn from his paw . . ." made me laugh outloud. What a perfect cartoon. And, not for nothing, that is the coolest author/artist photo I've ever seen. As always, primo stuff.

  2. Something fascinating about the best of the New Yorker cartoonists of that era was their painting in wash. I don't know that anyone has ever done it that skillfully, especially for what are "just" gag cartoons.

    Glad you liked this posting. I am very fond of Taylor's art. And you hit it on the head with the cool artist photo, too. How suave is that?

  3. This stuff is amazing, funny and beautifully drawn / painted... and in typical New Yorker fashion the old "Christ, what an asshole" caption replacement trick works for all of them.

  4. 婚姻對男人來說是賭他的自由,對女人而言卻是賭她的幸福。..................................................

  5. I have a neighbor that has an original R. Taylor. It is of Godiva riding a horse down the street to which two business men are commenting "Side Saddle - you don't see much of that any more." Any ideas on helping her find a value on it?


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