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 Frederick Otto Seibel  (1886 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: Virginia/New York      Known for: newspaper editorial cartoons

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frederick Otto Seibel was born in Durhamville, New York, on 8 October 1886 and died in Richmond, Virginia on 19 June 1968. Siebel spent his childhood drawing sketches of the Erie Canal. He was married with no children. After Attending classes at the Art Students League in New York City for a short time. Seibel started his own commercial art business in the early years of the twentieth century.

His first cartoon was printed in the Oneida Dispatch in 1908. He began his career as a cartoonist in 1916 for the Knickerbocker Press in Albany, New York.

Seibel moved to Virginia in 1926 to become an editorial cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and has been there for over thirty years. He did several shows at Metropolitan Museum Of New York, Art Institute of Chicago and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

A biography is contained in the Spring 1977 of the Virginia Cavalcade (included in Box 1). Fred O. Seibel died in 1968 after completing nearly 16,000 cartoons. His most famous cartoon Retreat from Moscow (11-5-1936) depicted presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith as Napoleon after FDR's landslide victory in 1936.

The Seibel Collection of Virginia Commonwealth University houses archival materials of Frederick Seibel and is comprised of two major sections: letters which Seibel received relating to his newspaper cartoons (including correspondence from Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Harry F. Byrd, John L. Lewis, J. Edgar Hoover and numerous members of the federal and state government), and a complete set of his published cartoons from both the Knickerbocker Press and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Other items in the collection include drawing notebooks and early art school sketches, seven oil paintings thought to have been painted by Seibel, folios containing copies of sketches by Charles Dana Gibson and Frederic Remington, as well as folios containing newspaper clippings of major world events in Seibel's lifetime. There are also thirty-four original cartoons, some of which were autographed by Seibel.

"Frederick Otto Seibel", VCU Libraries, (Accessed 12/10/2013)

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