Issued September 14, 1912
Edward Penfield was born in June 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at New York’s “Art Student’s League”and first worked for Harper’s Weekly then later became Harper’s art director. He developed his own unique style of simplified figures with bold outlines in settings free of extraneous detail. This dramatic style lent itself to posters and Penfield popularized the medium much like Mucha and Latrec have done in Europe. He wrote and published a book titled Holland Sketches which was published by Scribner’s in 1907.
Following in its continuing criticism of Theodore Roosevelt’s third party campaign for president, HARPER’S show TR as a hot air balloon which rises the more his supporters throw money and bonds at the campaign.