The Old Print Shop

Mt. Vernon, VA

  • ARTIST: James (Hal) Harrison Donahey

  • MEDIUM: Graphite drawing on heavy paper.

    DATE: 1932

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 18 3/8 x 18 7/8" (46.7 x 35.3 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Signed and dated lower right "Donahey Mt. Vernon, VA. 2-22-32." <br><br> Original graphite drawing of Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. This image shows the front facade as it looked in 1932. Tourist are shown in the foreground and quite possibly a image of Donahey himself with a view camera taking a picture. Two large oval images of Martha and George Washington gives the viewer an image of this majestic homes most important occupants.<br><br> James Harrison "HAL" Donahey (1875-1949), chief editorial cartoonist of the Plain Dealer for half a century. He was born in West Chester, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. His first newspaper experience was with the Ohio Democrat (New Philadelphia), before coming to Cleveland to study at the Cleveland School of Art. In 1896 he became an illustrator for the Cleveland World, and began drawing for the Plain Dealer on 1 Jan. 1900. Donahey published his most famous cartoon at the death of Mark Twain, depicting 2 somber boys rafting a flower-draped bier "Down the River." Some of his originals were prominently displayed in the Greak Lakes Exposition of 1936. His national reputation brought Donahey an invitation to work for the New York Journal in 1911, but after a week he returned to Cleveland. Combining work with his love of travel, Donahey provided the paper with pictorial accounts of such diverse locales as Egypt and Alaska. Donahey was also active in community affairs, receiving the Cleveland Community Fund's Distinguished Service Award in 1938. From the 1920 onward he lived on a farm in Aurora, Ohio, dying shortly after suffering a stroke.


  • CONDITION: Good condition.


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