Famous 19th Century Cartoonists

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Rube Goldberg
(Cartoonist)
Rube Goldberg
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Birthdate: July 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, U.S.
Died: December 7, 1970

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, whose works gave rise to the expression Rube Goldberg machines, had started as an engineer and designed sewer pipes. He later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and eventually soared to fame with his cartoons depicting gadgets and the character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts.

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Thomas Nast
(Cartoonist)
Thomas Nast
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Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Landau
Died: December 7, 1902

Political caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. at age 6. He began his career as a draftsman at the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and then worked for Harper’s Weekly and the New York Illustrated News. His creations include the Republican Party elephant.

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E. C. Segar
(Comics artist, Screenwriter, Writer)
E. C. Segar
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Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chester
Died: October 13, 1938
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James Thurber
(Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright)
James Thurber
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Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2, 1961
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John Tenniel
(Illustrator)
John Tenniel
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Birthdate: February 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayswater, London, England
Died: February 25, 1914
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Grace Gifford
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Birthdate: March 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 13, 1955

Immortalized in the Irish ballad Grace, Irish cartoonist Grace Gifford was a regular contributor to many reputed publications such as The Irish Review. She was part of the Republican movement and married her lover Joseph Plunkett just hours before he was killed by firing squad for his invoolvement in the Easter Rising.

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Walter Lantz
(Cartoonist)
Walter Lantz
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Birthdate: April 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: March 22, 1994
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Winsor McCay
(Cartoonist, Animator, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer)
Winsor McCay
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Birthdate: September 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canada
Died: July 26, 1934

Winsor McCay was an American animator and cartoonist. McCay is best remembered for creating the popular fictional character Little Nemo, who originated in a comic strip titled Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Winsor McCay is credited with pioneering several animation techniques, such as inbetweening and cycling. An early animation pioneer, Winsor McCay’s work has influenced generations of illustrators and cartoonists. 

William Heath Robinson
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Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 13, 1944
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James Gillray
(Political cartoonist)
James Gillray
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Birthdate: August 13, 1756
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 1, 1815
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George du Maurier
(Writer, Illustrator)
George du Maurier
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Birthdate: March 6, 1834
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 6, 1896
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Honoré Daumier
(French Painter and Sculptor Known for His Cartoons and Drawings Satirizing 19th-Century French Politics and Society)
Honoré Daumier
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Birthdate: February 26, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: February 10, 1879

Honoré Daumier is best remembered for his satirical cartoons on the French society and politics. Born to a glazier father in Marseille, he later began studying art under Alexandre Lenoir and developed a love for sculptures, too. He later made a fortune, working on commissions of lithographs.

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Charles Dana Gibson
(Illustrator)
Charles Dana Gibson
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Birthdate: September 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 23, 1944
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George Herriman
(Cartoonist)
George Herriman
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Birthdate: August 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans
Died: April 25, 1944
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George Cruikshank
(Caricaturist)
George Cruikshank
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Birthdate: September 27, 1792
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 1, 1878
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John Leech
(Illustrator)
John Leech
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Birthdate: August 29, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 29, 1864
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Otto Messmer
(Animator)
Otto Messmer
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Birthdate: August 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 28, 1983
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Rose O'Neill
(Cartoonist)
Rose O'Neill
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Birthdate: June 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 6, 1944
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Clarence Day
(Author)
Clarence Day
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Birthdate: November 18, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 1935
Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville
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Birthdate: September 13, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: March 17, 1847
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Richard F. Outcault
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Birthdate: January 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio, United States
Died: September 25, 1928
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Ramon Casas
(Painter)
Ramon Casas
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Birthdate: January 4, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: February 29, 1932

Catalan artist Ramon Casas was primarily known for his portraits. Born into an affluent family, he also gained fame for his oil paintings that he sold as postcards and posters, giving rise to the movement known as Modernisme. He also partially funded the Els Quatre Gats bar.

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Caran d'Ache
(Cartoonist)
Caran d'Ache
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Birthdate: November 6, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 25, 1909
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Rodolphe Topffer
(Author, Painter)
Rodolphe Topffer
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Birthdate: January 31, 1799
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: June 8, 1846

Swiss cartoonist Rodolphe Topffer is remembered as the pioneer of comic strips. The son of a caricaturist, he initially taught at and ran a boarding school, where he first began drawing caricatures to attract his students’ attention. He also taught literature at the University of Geneva.

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John T. McCutcheon
(Political Cartoonist)
John T. McCutcheon
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Birthdate: May 6, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Raub, Indiana, United States
Died: June 10, 1949
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Ding Darling
(Cartoonist)
Ding Darling
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Birthdate: October 21, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwood Township, Michigan, United States
Died: February 12, 1962
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Paul Gavarni
(Illustrator)
Paul Gavarni
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Birthdate: January 13, 1804
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 24, 1866
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Azim Azimzade
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Birthdate: May 7, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novxanı
Died: June 15, 1943
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Joseph Keppler
(Cartoonist)
Joseph Keppler
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Birthdate: February 1, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 19, 1894
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Norman Z. McLeod
(Film Director)
Norman Z. McLeod
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Birthdate: September 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grayling, Michigan, United States
Died: January 27, 1964
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Art Young
(Cartoonist)
Art Young
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Birthdate: January 14, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: near Orangeville, Illinois, United States
Died: December 29, 1943
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Kin Hubbard
(Cartoonist)
Kin Hubbard
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Birthdate: September 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States
Died: December 26, 1930
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Frank King
(cartoonist)
Frank King
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Birthdate: April 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cashton, Wisconsin
Died: June 24, 1969
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Boardman Robinson
(Caricaturist and painter)
Boardman Robinson
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Birthdate: September 6, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Somerset, Canada
Died: September 5, 1952
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William Gropper
(Cartoonist)
William Gropper
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Birthdate: December 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1977
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Rudolph Dirks
(Cartoonist)
Rudolph Dirks
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Birthdate: February 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heide, Germany
Died: April 20, 1968
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Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
(Journalist and cartoonist)
Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
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Birthdate: April 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 2, 1929
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Fougasse
(Cartoonist)
Fougasse
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Birthdate: December 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 11, 1965
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Louis Raemaekers
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Birthdate: April 6, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Roermond, Netherlands
Died: July 26, 1956
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Bud Fisher
(Cartoonist)
Bud Fisher
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Birthdate: April 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 7, 1954
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John Held, Jr.
(Cartoonist)
John Held, Jr.
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Birthdate: January 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: March 2, 1958
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André Gill
(Caricaturist)
André Gill
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Birthdate: October 17, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 1, 1885
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Phil May
(British caricaturist)
Phil May
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Birthdate: April 22, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wortley, England
Died: August 5, 1903
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Helen E. Hokinson
(Cartoonist)
Helen E. Hokinson
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Birthdate: June 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mendota, Illinois, United States
Died: November 1, 1949
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Rollin Kirby
(Political Cartoonist)
Rollin Kirby
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Birthdate: September 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galva, Illinois, United States
Died: May 8, 1952
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Charles Keene
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Birthdate: August 10, 1823
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hornsey, England
Died: January 4, 1891
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Bruce Bairnsfather
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Birthdate: July 9, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Murree, Pakistan
Died: September 29, 1959
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Bernhard Gillam
(Political cartoonist)
Bernhard Gillam
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Birthdate: April 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Banbury, England
Died: January 18, 1896
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Henri Monnier
(Playwright, Caricaturist, Actor)
Henri Monnier
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Birthdate: June 7, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 3, 1877
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David Claypoole Johnston
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Birthdate: March 25, 1799
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 8, 1865