Edward Winsor Kemble
Kemble c. 1910
BornJanuary 18, 1861
DiedSeptember 19, 1933 (aged 72)
Occupation(s)Illustrator, cartoonist
Known forCaricatures of African Americans
Notable workIllustrated first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, illus. by Kemble (1st US ed., 1885)

Edward Winsor Kemble (January 18, 1861 – September 19, 1933), usually cited as E. W. Kemble, and sometimes referred to incorrectly as Edward Windsor Kemble, was an American illustrator. He is known best for illustrating the first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and for his caricatures[1][2][3] of African Americans.


Kemble was born in Sacramento, California. In 1875, he was enrolled at a boarding school in Philadelphia, which was a center of artistic activity. His artistic talent was such that he was a successful contributor to periodicals by 1881. He became the major political cartoonist for the New York Daily Graphic while receiving his only formal artistic training at the Art Students League of New York.

When Life magazine was founded in 1883, Kemble became a frequent contributor to its early issues. He was a staff political cartoonist for Collier's from 1903 to 1907, for Harper's Weekly from 1907 to 1912 before returning to Collier's, and for Leslie's Weekly and Judge in the late 1910s.

His lively cartoons, some of the magazine industry's most mature work, attracted the attention of Mark Twain, who employed Kemble to illustrate Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Kemble subsequently illustrated several other famous books, including Twain's Puddin' Head Wilson, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Washington Irving's Knickerbocker History of New York, and many of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories.

Kemble illustrated three books authored by Eldred Kurtz Means.[4][5]

Kemble lived in the Rochelle Park area of suburban New Rochelle.[6]

He died in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1933, aged 72.


  1. ^ Martin, Jr., Francis (Jul 21, 2007). "To Ignore Is to Deny: E. W. Kemble's Racial Caricature as Popular Art". The Journal of Popular Culture. 40 (4): 655–682. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2007.00429.x.
  2. ^ Bracewell, Joy Claire (2012). Transatlantic technologies of nationalism in the nineteenth century: exhibiting slavery in Hiram Powers's Greek slave, Uncle Tom's cabin, Pudd'nhead Wilson, and King Leopold's soliloquy (Ph.D. thesis). University of Georgia. OCLC 823496813.
  3. ^ Sonstegard, Adam (2009-03-01). "Artistic Liberty and Slave Imagery: "Mark Twain's Illustrator," E. W. Kemble, Turns to Harriet Beecher Stowe". Nineteenth-Century Literature. 63 (4): 499–542. doi:10.1525/ncl.2009.63.4.499. ISSN 0891-9356.
  4. ^ Means, Eldred Kurtz (May 5, 1918). "E.K. Means ..." – via Google Books.
  5. ^ More E.K. Means ... G.P. Putnam's Sons. May 5, 1919. OCLC 8693867 – via Open WorldCat.
  6. ^ Westchester, The American Suburb, Roger Panetta (2006); page 186