The Museum Collection

"Nevermore" by Fred O. Seibel

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Creator: Fred O. Seibel
Date: June 17, 1944
Format: Pen and Ink on Paper
Source: Fred O. Seibel
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Fred O. Seibel (1886-1968) drew this editorial cartoon for the June 17, 1944 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The title and the caption are references to Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven." The caption reads, "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." In place of the raven, a B-29 with a bald eagle's head appears atop the bust of Pallas. The artist gave this drawing to the Poe Museum and inscribed it: "To the Poe Foundation/ with my best wishes/ Fred O. Seibel."

Fred O. Seibel studied at the Art Students League in New York and produced his first cartoon in 1916. In 1926, he moved to Richmond and became the editorial cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Seibel showed his work at the Metropoliton Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. He is reputed to have completed at least 16,000 editorial cartoons.