Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Claude Smith: Coming Home to the Right Wife

The original artwork for a seven-panel cartoon by Claude Smith was offered for sale on eBay in 2013. At the end of the workday, a business man makes his way home to Apartment 4E where he notices that something is wrong. Stealthily he is able to correct his error before anyone notices, but is he better off?

The seller notes that a pencil inscription on a xerox copy of the cartoon suggests that it was published in the 1 January 1964 number of Punch. Then the seller goes on to make the farfetched conjecture that " may have appeared in the New Yorker as well as Punch." Now wouldn't that be something?

Meanwhile that xerox copy looks like a mock-up for printing, but the panels are all out of order. Why should that be? All the photographs have reflected glare as the cartoon was photographed framed under glass, but after shipping the buyer would face the added expense of having to reframe the seven panels.

Note:  This blog has further postings on Claude Smith and on Punch cartoons


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