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 George Washington Carleton  (1832 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: caricature, illustrator, publisher

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Carleton was a caricaturist and publisher born in New York in 1832.

As a young man he worked as a clerk for Burnham, Plumb, and Company, an import and commission house. At the same time he began to do caricatures for periodicals such as the "Lantern" and "The Picayune". In 1857 he became a partner in the publishing firm of Rudd and Carleton, which by 1861 became G.W. Carleton and Co. His house printed a wide selection of titles, but specialized in humorous books, sometimes illustrated by Carleton.

Trips made during the winter months provided the subjects for collections of witty sketches, published with short commentaries. He visited Cuba and Peru (mainly Lima), and subsequently published "Our Artist in Cuba" (1865). He also published "Our Artist in Peru: Leaves from the Sketch-Book of a Traveler" (1866). One sketch from the Peru book is titled "Locomotion in South America\", and depicts an extended version of a donkey, carrying six people on its back.

On his sketches and illustrations, he always made his mark with the sign of a bird.

George Carleton died in 1901.

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