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James Montgomery Flagg

Subject:
Flagg, James Montgomery
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; image 15 x 10 cm. on board 24 x 20 cm.
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1900
Summary:
Portrait of Flagg, seated in a chair.

Indentification on front (handwritten): Flagg, James Montgomery.
Topic:
Portraits
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2603
See more items in:
Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, 1839-1962
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Additional Online Media:

James Montgomery Flagg

Artist:
Charles Dana Gibson, 14 Sep 1867 - 29 Dec 1944
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 25.4 × 20cm (10 × 7 7/8")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1944
Topic:
Caricature
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.90.108
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

James Montgomery Flagg

Artist:
Everett Raymond Kinstler, born 5 Aug 1926
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 32.4cm x 21.3cm (12 3/4" x 8 3/8")
Sheet: 35.4cm x 27.5cm (13 15/16" x 10 13/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1953
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.39
Rights:
© 1953 Everett Raymond Kinstler
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

James Montgomery Flagg

Photographer:
Rainford, Percy
Subject:
Flagg, James Montgomery
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 24 cm.
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1930
Summary:
Identification on verso (typewritten): 30th Annual Exhibition of Illustrators at the Harlow, McDonald Galleries sponsored by the College Art Association.
James Montgomery Flagg, making a fifteen minute sketch of Wallace Morgan, President of the Society of Illustrators.
Identification on verso left (handwritten): Wallace Morgan, President of the Society of Illustrators.
Identification on verso right (handwritten): James Montgomery Flagg.
Topic:
Artists at or with their work
Drawing
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2586
See more items in:
Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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James Montgomery Flagg

Artist:
Everett Raymond Kinstler, born 5 Aug 1926
Copy after:
Pach Brothers Studio, active 1867 - 1993
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 78.7 x 64.8cm (31 x 25 1/2")
Frame: 98.4 x 85.7 x 7cm (38 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 2 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Interior
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Clothing & Apparel\Umbrella
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.86
Rights:
© Everett Raymond Kinstler
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

James Montgomery Flagg and Dean Cornwell sitting on a sled

Subject:
Cornwell, Dean
Flagg, James Montgomery
Physical description:
1 photographic print : silver gelatin ; 21 x 26 cm.
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1940
Topic:
Artists in groups
Illustrators
Painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7609
See more items in:
Dean Cornwell papers, 1893-1981
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

It Seems to Me

James Montgomery Flagg Self-Portrait
Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Ink and pencil on board
Dimensions:
Image: 71cm x 28cm (27 15/16" x 11")
Sheet: 29cm x 73.8cm (11 7/16" x 29 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1920
Topic:
Exterior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Artist's Effects\Palette
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush
Caricature
Clothing & Apparel\Smock
Artist's Effects\Easel
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Typewriter
Nature & Environment\Plant\Wreath\Laurel
Self-portrait
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.143
Rights:
© Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

20th Century Tiger

James Montgomery Flagg Self-Portrait
Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Crayon on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 42cm x 33cm (16 9/16" x 13")
Sheet: 42.3cm x 35cm (16 5/8" x 13 3/4")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1947
Topic:
Interior
Printed Material\Book
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower
Caricature
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pencil
Home Furnishings\Telephone
Nature & Environment\Animal\Cat\Tiger
Self-portrait
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.144
Rights:
© Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

How to Paint Good

James Montgomery Flagg Self-Portrait
Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Pencil, ink and Chinese white on board
Dimensions:
Image: 28.8cm x 22cm (11 5/16" x 8 11/16")
Board: 42.2cm x 34.4cm (16 5/8" x 13 9/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1950
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Artist's Effects\Palette
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush
Caricature
Artist's Effects\Canvas
Artist's Effects\Easel
Self-portrait
Container\Bottle\Liquor bottle
Food\Beverage\Alcoholic\Whiskey
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.145
Rights:
© Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

I Want You for U.S. Army

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, born Pelham Manor, NY 1877-died New York City 1960
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg
Medium:
chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 39 1/2 x 29 in. (100.4 x 73.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1917
Topic:
Miscellaneous\written matter
History\United States\World War I
Cartoon\political\Uncle Sam
Portrait male\self-portrait
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Barry and Melissa Vilkin
Object number:
1995.84.53
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Navy Needs You! U.S. Navy

Designer:
James Montgomery Flagg, American, 1877–1960
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
USA
Date:
possibly 1917
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Credit Line:
Gift of Unknown Donor
Accession Number:
1980-32-1176
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Your Forests--Your Fault--Your Loss

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, born Pelham Manor, NY 1877-died New York City 1960
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
64 7/8 x 40 1/8 in. (164.9 x 101.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1935-1943
Topic:
Figure(s) in exterior\rural
Disaster\fire
Landscape\forest
New Deal
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Object number:
1950.10.4
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Want Action? Join U.S. Marine Corps!" Poster

Artist:
Flagg, James Montgomery
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 40 in x 28 in; 101.6 cm x 71.12 cm
overall: 40 in x 28 in x in; 101.6 cm x 71.12 cm x .0508 cm
Object Name:
poster
Associated Place:
United States
Date made:
1942
Description:
Physical Description
Four-color print on paper.
Specific History
James Montgomery Flagg, the creator of this poster, was born in New York in 1877. As a child he began to draw and sold his first picture at the age of twelve. Two years later he was contributing to Life magazine and at fifteen was on the staff of the The Judge. Flagg studied at the Art Students League in New York. When he was twenty, he spent a year working in London before moving to France. Flagg was one of America's leading illustrators. His illustrations were in Photoplay, McClure's Magazine, Collier's Weekly, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post, and Harper's Weekly. During the World War I Flagg designed forty-six posters for the government. His most famous work is the Uncle Sam poster with the caption "I Want You for the U.S. Army." An adapted version of this poster was also used during the World War II. Flagg died in 1960.
General History
Posters during World War II were designed to instill in people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism, and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called on every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation, and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Military
ThinkFinity
Event:
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
World War II
World War II
ID Number:
AF*59744-N(19)
Catalog number:
59744-N(19)
Accession number:
303735
303735
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Naval
ThinkFinity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

James Montgomery Flagg

Artist:
Everett Raymond Kinstler, born 5 Aug 1926
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 42.5cm x 33.5cm (16 3/4" x 13 3/16")
Sheet: 44.2cm x 36.5cm (17 3/8" x 14 3/8")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1957
Topic:
Artist's Effects\Easel
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.92.40
Rights:
© 1957 Everett Raymond Kinstler
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

John Drew

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
John Drew, 13 Nov 1853 - 9 Jul 1927
Medium:
Ink on illustration board (Bristol)
Dimensions:
Image: 29.2 x 29.8 cm. (11 1/2 x 11 3/4")
Sheet: 30.5 x 37.5 cm. (12 x 14 3/4")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1912
Topic:
Equipment\Walking stick\Cane
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Indeterminable
Caricature
John Drew: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
John Drew: Performing Arts\Theater Manager
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.98.127
Rights:
©Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Ring Lardner

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, 6 Mar 1885 - 25 Sep 1933
Medium:
Graphite on paperboard
Dimensions:
Image: 25cm x 17.7cm (9 13/16" x 6 15/16")
Sheet: 33.2cm x 25.5cm (13 1/16" x 10 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1922
Exhibition Label:
James Montgomery Flagg's portrait of writer Ring Lardner depicts an enigmatic "professional humorist who sometimes smiled but never laughed." Lardner's fiction was admired for its command of colloquial language and its non-idealized characters. "I try to write about people as real as possible," he once wrote. Lardner's You Know Me, Al (1916), featuring the letters of a fictional rookie ballplayer, established the author's reputation and inspired a comic strip. This drawing appeared in a 1922 advertisement for the strip and was later published in a collection of Flagg's celebrity portraits. Flagg drew Lardner from life, deftly documenting his thin, downturned lips, heavy-lidded "owl eyes," and angular nose and chin. The artist, best known for his Uncle Sam "I Want You" recruiting poster, succeeds in capturing that "mask over his emotions," which disguised but did not diminish Lardner's keen wit.
Topic:
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Literature\Writer
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Communications\Journalist\Editor
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Communications\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Sports and Recreation
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Literature\Writer\Magazine article
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Communications\Journalist\Columnist
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Literature\Writer\Humorist
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ring Lardner, Jr.
Object number:
NPG.76.26
Rights:
© Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Rose O'Neill

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
Rose O'Neill, 1874 - 1944
Medium:
Charcoal, graphite and crayon on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image: 23.9 x 17.2cm (9 7/16 x 6 3/4")
Board: 30.5 x 21.4cm (12 x 8 7/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1914
Exhibition Label:
Famed illustrator James Montgomery Flagg was a fixture of New York's smart set, and he often sketched from life the figures he encountered. In 1914 he published The Well-Knowns, a book of his celebrity portraits, which included this image of illustrator Rose O'Neill. Despite Flagg's acerbic streak, no one could achieve softer, more sensuous effects from charcoal and pencil, and this drawing suggests his strong admiration for O'Neill. Giving a jaunty tilt to her head, he implies independence and brilliance as well as beauty. In 1909 O'Neill had become a phenomenon for her impish little cupids, called "kewpies," whose gestures she based on memories of a baby brother. They evolved into a marketing bonanza that lasted a quarter-century, generating the wildly popular kewpie dolls, as well as china, wallpaper, fabric, knickknacks, and even a Broadway musical.
Topic:
Rose O'Neill: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.98.24
Rights:
©Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I Want YouI Want You F. D. R.
Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
Medium:
Color photolithographic poster with halftone
Dimensions:
Image: 53.9 x 42.3cm (21 1/4 x 16 5/8")
Board: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
A to G depth: 7/8"
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1944
Exhibition Label:
When James Montgomery Flagg drew his famous World War I "I Want You" recruiting poster, he turned to the mirror for his craggy image of Uncle Sam. Although inspired by the British image of a pointing Lord Kitchener, Flagg's version captured the public's imagination with special effectiveness. Along with the stern features of the self-portrait, the foreshortened hand gesture forged a personal connection with the viewer. A generation later, Flagg translated that familiar image into this presidential campaign piece promoting Franklin D. Roosevelt's unprecedented fourth term. The poster coyly avoids asking for votes, suggesting instead that America's duty was to convince the incumbent to run in order to "finish the job." The poster was issued by the Independent Voters Committee of the Arts and Sciences for Roosevelt, founded in 1944 to promote a fourth term, with the expectation that the president could deliver both victory and a progressive peace settlement.
Topic:
Poster
Human Figures\Symbolic Figure\Uncle Sam
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Governor\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\President of US
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Vice-Presidential Candidate
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.83.10
Rights:
©Faith Flagg
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

James Montgomery Flagg

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Type:
Drawing
Topic:
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Museum of the City of New York, Theatre Collection
Website: www.mcny.org/
Object number:
NY240758
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

James Montgomery Flagg and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Sitter:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 21.5 × 17 cm (8 7/16 × 6 11/16")
Sheet: 23 × 18.1 cm (9 1/16 × 7 1/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\District of Columbia
Date:
January 28, 1939
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Artwork\Poster
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Governor\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\President of US
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Vice-Presidential Candidate
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of David C. Ward
Object number:
NPG.2016.21
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

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