Batchelor, Clarence Daniel, 1888-1977

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Clarence Daniel Batchelor (1888-1972), known as C.D. Batchelor, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American editorial cartoonist.

A transplanted Midwesterner, C.D. Batchelor worked for the New York Mail and the New York Journal as a staff artist and occasional political cartoonist before landing his first full-time job as a political cartoonist for the liberal New York Post . In 1931, Batchelor joined the staff of the New York Daily News as its chief editorial cartoonist. In The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons (New York: Gale Research Company, 1980), Richard E. Marshall noted that at first the News supported the New Deal, "but the paper and its cartoonist eventually grew disenchanted with liberalism and bureaucracy....Batchelor's strong cartoons were drawn with irony, a moralizing viewpoint and direction; with labels and captions written on scrolls, they have the appearance of documents. In effect, with his crisp style and strong ideas, they are proclamations in cartoon form."

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, Batchelor, having retired from the News in the early 1970s, wound up his career at the National Review, a journal of the political right.

Between 1963 and 1979, Batchelor and his wife, Allegra, donated over six thousand original cartoons to Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries.

From the guide to the C. D. Batchelor Papers, 1938-1972, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Batchelor, Clarence Daniel, 1888-1977 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Crawford, Bill, 1913-1982. National Cartoonists Society Living Library 1962. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Clarence Daniel Batchelor 1888-1977 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera, Bulk, 1870-1955, 1842-1985 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Batchelor, Clarence Daniel, 1888-1977. Papers, 1927-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf C.D. Batchelor letter to Mrs. Lougheed, 1940 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera, circa 1870-1955 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf C. D. Batchelor Papers, 1938-1972 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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United States
United States
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American wit and humor, Pictorial
Caricatures and cartoons
Caricatures and cartoons
Editorial cartoons
Editorial cartoons


Birth 1888-04-01

Death 1977-09-05




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