C. Allan Gilbert

C. Allan Gilbert

Charles Allan Gilbert (1873 - 1929) was a prolific, talented, American illustrator, animator, and artist best known for his 1892 illusionist drawing All is Vanity. Gilbert studied at the Art Students’ League in New York and Academie Julian in Paris before opening a studio in New York. Gilbert created illustrations for advertisements, magazines (including The Saturday Evening Post, Scribner’s, and Harper’s), calendars, and novels (including Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence). Gilbert is credited as the inventor of cartoons for the screen. He also designed posters in the First World War and worked as a camouflage artist for the US. Shipping Board during this time.


Thumbnail of the first page of the facsimile for His Interpreter (Part 1).
His Interpreter (Part 1)Sept. 1899
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Thumbnail of the first page of the facsimile for His Interpreter (Part 2).
His Interpreter (Part 2)Oct. 1899
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