Four caricatures of a college student as perceived by different people in his life. “As His Mother Sees Him” depicts an angelic student studying diligently at his desk with a pink bow tied neatly around his wastebasket. “As His Father Sees Him” presents the student dressed in a refined suit with money pouring out of the pocket as he lights a pipe. “As the Prof. Sees Him” shows a student in front of the blackboard dressed like a clown while sporting a devilish and confused facial expression with a large question mark hovering over him. “As She Sees Him” shows a young woman’s romanticized image of him, smartly dressed and sporting a tennis racket.
The prints are signed “Blumenthal,” probably Moses Lawrence Blumenthal (b. 1879), an American illustrator and teacher who was educated at the Pennsylvania Museum School and in Munich. He contributed illustrations to The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Collier’s and other popular magazines of the day, as well as book covers and advertisements for products such as Cream of Wheat.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, scattered soiling and wear to margins.
Fielding, Mantle. Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. Green Farms, Connecticut: Modern Books and Crafts, 1926, rev. ed. 1974. p. 32.