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I think we are missing something more fundamental when there is a knee jerk response to what is termed rascist. Looking at the images from the standpoint of what emotion they are depicting often, and I would say it is FEAR. Given the history of slavery in this country, I do not see a characture of fear is out of place, I think it is a clue from history that many African Americans were downright terrified or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Just a thought.

gilbert daroy

It's refreshing too discover 'lectures' like this on what are unmistakably genius illustrators. A.B. Frost is one of the greats but sadly, and you are right, he did some really boring ones. But then Heinrich Kley produced some dreary ones too, and so did John Tenniel. Mr.Frost's sequential drawings with their exaggerated poses, hilarious expressions, and interesting layouts are a forerunner to modern animation as we know it today. Incidentally, he looks conveniently inebriated in his photo he he he.

Paul Giambarba

Thanks, Joel. I think I will pass on Uncle Remus. I agree with how great Shepherd and Milne were as a team.

Paul Giambarba

Steve, I think yours is the first negative comment I've received in the 4-1/2 years of this blog's life.

Steven Kloepfer

When you do a hatchet job on an artist by selectively picking their weaker work, it helps to give the appearance of credibility by getting their name right. The man's name was Arthur Burdett Frost, more commonly known as A.B. Frost, who is in the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame for very good reasons, among them inspiring a uniquely American approach to children's story illustration, as well as some of the earliest examples of sequential illustration.
Steven Kloepfer
Instructor, History of Illustration
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA

Joel Haas

Thanks for posting the circus clown drawings. I had never seen them. A pity you did not post the best work--his absolutely brilliant line drawings for Uncle Remus before it was Disney-fied. As a child growing up in the South, I know his line drawings captured exactly the quality of heat and light of the place as well as the ragged clothing of the people around me in rural SC. He was a perfect a match for Uncle Remus as Shepherd was for A. A. Milne. I have scans from the original Uncle Remus if you'd like to post some.
Joel Haas, sculptor
3215 Merriman Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27607

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