This drawing is currently for sale at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London. The gallery is about to have their annual British Art of Illustration sale.
PEN AND INK
12 X 17 1/2 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE JEFFREY ARCHER POLITICAL CARTOON COLLECTION
EXHIBITED: ‘THE AMERICANS ARE COMING’, 5-30 MAY 2015;
‘THE ILLUSTRATORS. THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION
1880-2017’, NOVEMBER 2017-JANUARY 2018, NO 84
The above illustration appeared in May 14, 1887 edition of Tid-Bits, a weekly humor magazine:
Grover Cleveland was the 22nd President of the United States, from 1885 to 1889. He would indeed lose the 1888 election for his second term but he was re-elected in 1893 as the 24th President. He was the only President to serve two terms non-consecutively.
Early in his career and before the “Gibson Girl”, Charles Dana Gibson often drew political cartoons for both Life and Tid-Bits magazines:
These cartoons were both drawn before he was twenty years old. Compared to the drawing below which dates to about ten years later, his style during the early late 1880s/early 1890s was tighter and less fluid.