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Illustration Art, Dogs, Edwin George Lutz, Antique Drawing, 1913 (Sold)

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Edwin George Lutz (1868-1951)
Say, Pumpernickel, if you and I carried on like that, they’d put muzzles on us
American: December 1, 1913
Pen and ink
Signed with artist’s initials, lower right: E.G.L.
Signed, dated and titled on mat and stamped verso
15 x 18.25 inches, overall
12.5 x 17.5 inches, mat window
16 x 21 inches, mat

Humorous original illustration art of two dogs, a dachshund and a terrier, watching dancing couples at a lively party. The dancers are drawn in silhouette. The amused looking terrier says to the other dog, “Say, Pumpernickel, if you and I carried on like that, they’d put muzzles on us.” According to a stamp verso, the artwork appeared in the January 15, 1914 issue of Life magazine. In that era, general interest magazines like Life regularly included such single panel gag cartoons among the articles and features.

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Edwin George Lutz was an American illustrator and watercolorist. Born in Philadelphia, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia, and the Académie Julian in Paris. Among his teachers were Thomas Eakins. Lutz was a regular contributor of illustrations and cartoons to Life magazine and the New York World newspaper. He also authored and illustrated several instructional books on drawing, such as Practical Drawing and Animal Drawing in Outline. His book Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin and Development (1920) was probably the first book solely concerned with cartoon animation, and was cited by Walt Disney and other animators in his first studio as a major influence on their early experiments in making animated movies. As of the 1940 edition of Who’s Who in American Art, Lutz was living in Dumont, New Jersey.

The work is inscribed in ink to George Palen Snow (1882-1968), a prominent society lawyer, compliments of Life magazine. His wife, Carmel Snow, whom he married in 1926, was influential in the fashion world as the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958.

Inscribed lower left: To G. Palen Snow/Comp’ts of “Life”

Stamped verso: Appeared in No. 1629 Date 1/15/14. The Right to reproduce this drawing is retained by Life Publishing Company, the owner of the copyright.


Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 384.

Lutz, Frank F. Illustrating Edwin: A Bio of Edwin G. Lutz. 2017. (2 February 2018).

Sedelmaier, J.J. “How Walt Disney Used His Kansas City Library Card.” Print. 26 March 2012. (21 October 2013).

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20th Century