The Press: A Free Spirit

"A cartoon is really an editorial," Cartoonist Rollin Kirby once said. "It must be judged by what it says rather than the way in which it says it, and what art there is in cartooning is the art of driving the message home." For more than 40 years, slim, courtly Rollin Kirby practiced this art with such skill that he had few peers in U.S. newspaperdom.

At 35, Kirby, who had studied under Whistler in Paris, regarded himself as a failure as an artist when Friend Franklin P. Adams ("F.P.A.") got him a cartooning job on the old New York Evening Mail...

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