Colorful image from a series of “College Curses” by Hibberd Van Buren Kline. Entitled “Beauty,” it shows a young man in a red and white striped suit with a small dog, hat, cigarette, fancy shoes, and cane with tied ribbon bow. He is wearing a beauty meet medal on his right lapel. A powder duster is to his left bears the motto “Vanitas,” a joke on college emblems that incorporate the word “Veritas.”
Hibberd Van Buren Kline was an illustrator, etcher and painter. He was a member of the Salamagundi Club and American Federation of the Arts, and a professor at Syracuse University. Kline created book illustrations, posters, and contributed to national magazines. Among his book illustrations were those for A Geography of Man by noted geographer Preston E. James, first published in 1949, and reissued several times. His works are in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 342.