31. Margaret Trafford

31. Margaret Trafford

Regular price $650.00 Sale

Please contact us if you are interested in this artwork.

Margaret Trafford

Two women having tea in garden.

Gag cartoon, probably Life Magazine, ca. 1920's;
“We have to pollinate the amaryllis... they won't do it themselves”

Pen & ink, charcoal, 8.25 x 9.5" signed lower left. Very good overall: light toning with age. The original mat has caption and notations; there is also a new mat, but this item is not framed.

The joke relies on two stereotypes: the earth-mother type and the prim Bostonian, and for the latter, it was considered improper to speak about anything remotely sexual. [And the earth-mother is, by implication, wondering how the Bostonians themselves ever propagated.]

(Entry and authentication by Roger T. Reed)