Cartoonist John Samuel Pughe, best known for the work he produced for Puck Magazine in the early 1900s, converted politicians into octopi, hens, spiders, bulldogs, snakes and rats in his not so subtle criticisms of graft in government . He was born in Wales but arrived in America with his parents when he was only two. He attended the School of Art at Cooper Union in New York City and was able to find a market for his cartoons, first through local newspapers including the New York Recorder, Brooklyn Life and the New York World, and later at Puck Magazine. You can see more of Pughe's illustrations on our blog.
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