David Levine

Like Lewis Carroll, who might have imagined he would be remembered for his book on mathematics rather than the one he wrote for Alice, David Levine assumed that his claim to fame would rest on his watercolors. In an earlier age it would have. His paintings were on par with the very best of the previous century, including works by John Constable and Winslow Homer. But when he died on Dec. 29 at age 83, it was as a caricaturist that he was remembered and celebrated.

Like his paintings, his caricatures owed much to a 19th century aesthetic. The link between...

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