Jimmy Swinnerton was born in Eureka, California. He enrolled in art school at 14, and began working as a staff artist at William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner in 1892. He moved to New York in 1898, working at Hearst's New York Journal, where he began drawing comic strips as well as spot illustrations and sports cartoons. In addition to the regular comic features Mr. Jack, Little Jimmy, and Canyon Kids, he drew numerous one-shots for the Hearst Sunday comic sections. The eleven examples presented here show Swinnerton's talent for playful caricature and his humorous outlook on late nineteenth and early twentieth century life.
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"The Journal's Tigers Turn Out in Honor of St. Patrick"|
"Hot Soup! A Symphony in Nine Blasts"
"Why There Was No Duck for Dinner"
"The New Police Captain on Mt. Ararat"
"Der Sidewalks Vass Not Clear!"
"The Sweet Cherub with the Milk Bottle and the Old Brute"
"The Night Before!"
"Clarence Was Not Rugged Enough"
"How Mr. Smartmeyer Tried to Do His Own Plumbing"
"How Mr. Tuffmug Met His Waterloo"
"There Were Eight of Them!"