R.F. Outcault photograph

A Finding Aid to the R.F. Outcault photograph

Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, Delaware

Extent: 1 item
Processed: Sarena Deglin, 2003
Access: Unrestricted
Contact Information:

Helen Farr Sloan Library
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806



Outcault was born January 14, 1863 in Lancaster, Ohio. He studied at McMicken University’s School of Design in Cincinnati from 1878 through 1881, when he began painting for the Hall Safe and Lock Company. The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Middle Atlantic States was held in Cincinnati in 1888; Outcault illustrated for Edison Laboratories electric light display. His work was so impressive that he was hired to work full-time at Edison’s West Orange, New Jersey, headquarters. In 1889 Edison named Outcault the official artist of his traveling exhibit. He sent Outcault to Paris for the World’s Fair. Outcault returned to New York City in 1890 where he joined the staff of Electrical World magazine. He freelanced cartoons to weekly humor magazines such as Truth, through the end of the 1890s.

In 1894, Oucault was hired by the New York World to do scientific drawings. His first technical illustration for the World was published in September. His first illustrations for the Yellow Kid were published in 1895. Due to the vast popularity of the Yellow Kid in the city, Outcault was lured away from the World to work for the New York Journal, where he continued to create the Yellow Kid comic strip. His subsequent comic strip illustrations include Kelley’s Kids, Pore Li’l Mose, Buddy Tucker, and Buster Brown.

Outcault died on September 25, 1928 at his Madison Avenue residence in New York City.



One photograph, illustrated and inscribed “To Max // With the Sincere regards // of Sincerely his’n // R.F. Outcault”
Leaf 35.5 x 30 cm.; Image 23 x 17.7 cm.

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