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 Clarence Daniel Batchelor  (1888 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut/Kansas      Known for: editorial cartoons, mural painting and sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Clarence Daniel Batchelor (b. April 1,1888, Osage City, Kansas; d. Sept. 5, 1977) was an American editorial cartoonist who was noted for painting and sculpture.  Batchelor attended public schools in Osage City, KS and Salina High School. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1907 to 1910. He married Hazel Deyo in 1918, married again in 1948 to Julie Margaret Forsyth, and again in 1959 to Allegra Summers Taylor.

Batchelor's journalistic career began in 1911 at the Salina Journal, then as a staff artist for the Kansas City Star.  He traveled to New York in 1912, and worked at the New York Mail, the New York Tribune, and the New York Journal as a staff artist and occasional political cartoonist.  From 1914 to 1918 he worked as a free-lance artist, returning to newspapers in 1923.  It was then that he landed his first full-time job as a political cartoonist at the liberal New York Post for the Ledger Syndicate. 

In 1931 Batchelor found his permanent niche at the New York Daily News as its chief editorial cartoonist, where he worked until 1969. 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."

Batchelor's most famous editorial cartoon, which reflected the newspaper's isolationist stance and won him the Pulitzer Prize for 1937, depicted a prototypical "Any European Youth" greeted by a skull-faced harlot representing War, and captioned, "Come on in, I'll treat you right!  I used to know your Daddy." 

Batchelor, having retired from the News in the early1970s, wound up his career at the National Review, a journal of the political right.

Sympathetic to women's suffrage, he also contributed cartoons to the Women's Journal and the Woman Voter.  He also contributed his art to the causes of public health and public safety.

Batchelor is also known for having executed a bronze bust of Joseph Medill Patterson, the founder of the Daily News, and a series of oil murals entitled Infinity and History of the Printed World in the News Building.

Among his awards, he has won $200.00 for the 6 best cartoons on public health by A.M.A. in 1912, the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, the National Headliners Plaque in 1938, and Page One award in 1965.  He was a member of the National Association of Editorial Cartoonists, Dutch Treat, Silurian, Mile Creek, and National Arts.  C. D. Bachelor also originated the automobile safety series,"Inviting the Undertaker".

He lived and worked in Deep River, Connecticut.  Between 1963 and 1979, Batchelor and his wife, Allegra, donated over six-thousand original cartoons to the Special Collections Research Center of the Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, N.Y.  His work can been seen at the Wichita State University Library, Department of Special Collections and also at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.

Written and submitted June 2007 by Scott Wilder, Art Researcher from Olathe, Kansas

Sources include:
Syracuse and Wichita State University Libraries
Wikipedia
Memberships:
Society of Illustrators; National Association of Editorial Cartoonists.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Osage City, Kansas, April 1, 1888 and died Deep River, Connecticut, Sept. 5, 1977, Clarence Batchelor was a cartoonist who specialized in political cartoons.  He was a graduate of the Salina public schools and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1907-10.

He began working as staff artist for the Kansas City Star in 1911, and then became a free lance artist from 1914 to 1918.  In 1923, he started working as a cartoonist for the Ledger Syndicate for the New York Post and remained there until 1931.

His next job was at the New York Daily News as an editorial cartoonist where he stayed until 1969. 

Besides editorial cartoons, C. D. completed other works of art such as a bronze bust of J. M. Patterson, oil murals entitled Infinity and History of the Printed World in the News Building.  Many of his papers are available from the Syracuse University Library, and a collection of his cartoons are held at Wichita State University.
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AWARDS:
6 best cartoons on public health from the American Medical Association, 1912; Pulitzer Prize, Best Cartoons of the Year, 1937; National Headliners Plaque, 1938; Page One award,1965.

COLLECTIONS:
Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Society of Illustrators; National Association of Editorial Cartoonists.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/collections/ms/90-16/90-16-A.HTML, Accessed July 28, 2006.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Clarence Batchelor was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for best cartoon in 1937.  His work can be seen at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.

Batchelor attended public schools in Osage City, KS and Salina High School.  He then studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1907 to 1910.

His first professional market was at the Salina Journal, then the Kansas City Star.  He traveled to New York in 1912 and worked at the New York Mail, the New York Tribune and the New York Journal.

From 1931 to his retirement in the 1970s he was chief editorial cartoonist at the New York Daily News.

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