The Graphic Section by Ralph Barton
The Graphic Section from The New Yorker (1925)

Ralph Barton was an American artist best known for his cartoons and caricatures of actors and other celebrities. He got his artistic talents from his mother, who was a portrait painter. While still a teen, he had already published cartoons and drawings in some local Kansas papers. Barton eventually moved to New York City, where he made drawings for magazines like Puck and McCall's. He became best-known for his caricatures, especially the ones he made as an advisory editor for The New Yorker from the start in 1925.

His art also appeared in other magazines however, including The Delineator, Everybody's magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Hearst's International, Judge, Leslie's Weekly, Liberty, New York Herald Tribune, Photoplay, Satire, Shadowland and Vanity Fair. He also illustrated books and made one film: 'The Fate of a Coquette'. Barton's personal life was troubled by mental illness, and in 1931, he shot himself. One of his last caricatures was of his friend Charlie Chaplin.


Hollywood film spoof by Barton and Howard Dietz for Photoplay Magazine in 1920

Ralph Barton on the Princeton blog

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