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xLot 1Robert Lawson1892-1957x
xTwo faces of Uncle Sam looking at vices. x
x“It depends on how you look at it”
Editorial illustration: “The Return of Sin?”, author: John Erskine, New York Herald Tribune Magazine, April 9, 1933;
Graphite & watercolor on board, 13.25 x 14.25", initialed lower corners
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xEstimate: $1,500 - 2,500x
xThis appeared on the front cover of the newspaper magazine.
Provenance - from Estate of Mrs. Louis B. Lundborg
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xCondition - Very good overall: paper light; crop marks within image area; archivally matted and framed.x
xThis editorial was published in the year that Prohibition was repealed, and the spectre of a national libertine lifestyle remained an issue for many Americans. Lawson's depiction of a two-faced Uncle Sam holding opposing viewpoints simultaneously is a precursor to the famous "If-by-whiskey" speech made by Mississippi lawmaker Noah Sweat, Jr. in which he attempted to be both for and against alcohol. Curator Joyce Schiller points out that a common symbolic figure of social cartoons during Prohibition was “Mr. Dry,” a scolding counterpart to Uncle Sam.x
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