E. W. Kemble was an American cartoonist and illustrator born in Sacramento, California. He moved with his family to New York. In 1875, Kemble joined a boarding school in Philadelphia, then a hotbed of artistic activity. Kemble returned to New York with the intention to become an artist, and by 1880, his first cartoons were published in Harper's Bazaar. Within little time, he was the major political cartoonist for the New York Graphic, while studying at the Art Students League. He was a frequent contributor to Life magazine from the first issues in 1883. Writer Mark Twain liked his work, and he assigned Kemble to illustrate 'Huckleberry Finn'. Kemble was a staff cartoonist for Collier's Weekly (1903-1907) and Harper's Weekly (1907-1912), before he began drawing for Leslie's Weekly and Judge in the late 1910s. Kemble has also drawn for Puck magazine and the Hearst newspapers. Between 1896 and 1905, he drew several Sunday strips. He is probably best remembered for his sympathetic and real-life drawings of Afro-Americans. A striking example can be seen in 'Mammy's Lil' Lamb', which he drew for the Sunday pages in 1911.