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Robert Carter drawings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArt-0059

Scope and Contents

Robert Carter drawings consists of two political cartoons regarding World War I:

  • The Czar of All the Russians, ink drawing

  • The Grenadiers, pen and ink drawing
  • Dates

    • Creation: 1914-1918


    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Robert Carter (1875-1918) was born and raised in Chicago. In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, he was the youngest of five sons, and later a daughter. His father was a contractor and builder. Carter began his career in Chicago as a sketch artist, until a move to New York City in 1910, courtesy of William Randolph Hearst and the New York American. Robert Carter was better known in his day as an editorial cartoonist, and he was a spectacular one. His lush detailed drawings, mostly for Hearst and then later for the Philadelphia Press, were widely admired and reprinted. Regarded as one of America’s great cartoonists, Carter’s work included strip comics and political cartoons that showcased his knowledge of composition and anatomy. He is well known for covering feminist issues, suffrage and historical figures. He worked for a number of newspapers including the Globe, the Sun (New York), and the Philadelphia Press. Robert Carter's career was cut short when he died suddenly at the young age of 44 in 1918. (link to obit in New York Times)


    2 Item(s) (2 Drawings)




    Two political cartoons by Robert Carter, both regarding World War I.


    Collection consists of two drawings.

    Physical Location

    C.S. North, Shelf 87, Box 1
    Art on Campus collection

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    These two drawings are part of the Elmer Messner collection of cartoons. RITArt.0017

    RIT Art Collection

    RIT Special Collections


    • Robert Carter at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology


    Drawings vary in size: 20 x 18 to 22 x 25 inches.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

    Robert Carter drawings
    RIT Art Collection
    Amy Vilz
    28 September 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA