Portraits of Shakespeare and Francis Bacon
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Dimensions: sheet: 7 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (19.7 × 14 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William I. Homer, 1978; Transfer from Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, 2014
About: David Edward Cronin was an illustrator, portrait painter, and political cartoonist, as well as a journalist and author. He sometimes used the pseudonym Seth Eyland.
Cronin studied art in Troy NY with the painter Alban Conant, known primarily as a portraitist, and in London and France. He returned to art after a hiatus as a Civil War journalist, turning to illustration in 1879. He illustrated poems of American and British poets, the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, and Macaulay's Lays of Ancient Rome. By 1892, he was a political cartoonist in Philadelphia. From the mid-1890s until 1910, Cronin both wrote and illustrated a variety of literary and historical publications.
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