October 15, 2021
1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Springfield, MO 65807
Free and open to the public.
Rose O'Neill and the Kewpie Comics
Friday, October 15, 2021
The Kewpie doll was a much beloved elf-child created by illustrator Rose O'Neill. The Kewpie was introduced to the world in December 1909, in a cartoon published in the "Ladies' Home Journal." From December 1917 to July 1918, O'Neill produced a Kewpie comic strip for Sunday newspapers, distributed by the McClure Syndicate. These comics reprised stories already featured in "Woman’s Home Companion." Through the syndicate, the comic was published in newspapers across the country including "The Detroit Sunday News," "Los Angeles Sunday Tribune," "Times-Picayune," and the "San Francisco Chronicle."
This exhibition features 15 hand-colored proofs from the Sunday comic series, as well as an additional three proofs from the more modern format Kewpie comic strip, published in the 1930s. These works are pulled from the Museum’s permanent collection and were gifted to the Museum in 2018 by the O’Neill Family Foundation.