The Friends of Flagg #8

Charles Dana Gibson

"A bold gladiator of a man, and America's greatest social cartoonist and portrayer of beauty. Kenyon Cox, a fine artist, made an ass of himself once at the Art Student's League by telling pupil Gibson he should take up plowing ... Cox was plowed under, as the immortal Gibson Girl was born. It's a sadly funny thought that a generation or so later, Picasso is called an artist in this country. Good Gard!

Of course, we always have with us Americans whose brains are composed of peanut butter--like the Hollywood dowager who said to me seriously, 'Tell me Mr. Flagg, weren't you really the originator of the Gibson Girl?' I whispered back, 'No ma'am, don't let this get any further, but it was Howard Chandler Christy!'"

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