Edmund Joseph Sullivan

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Edmund Joseph Sullivan
1869-1933
Mars at the Telephone ...
1901
Pen and black ink over graphite, on illustration board.
15 3/8 x 11 15/16 inches (391 x 303 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.1584
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Signed and dated at lower right, "Edmund J. Sullivan. 1901"; in margin at right: Mars at the Telephone. "Well, well, what is it? Who is it?" Voice in Telephone. "Tesla."* Mars. "Who on Earth is 'Tesla'?'" * Note to printer, put "Tesla" in the smallest possible letters; at foot, in pencil: 4 5/8 base.

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Caption continues: "Well, well, what is it? Who is it?" Voice in Telephone: "Tesla." Mars: "Who on Earth is 'Tesla'?"
Original drawing by E.J. Sullivan for a cartoon published in the Pall Mall magazine, v. 23, 1901, p. 364.

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Drawing shows the god Mars listening on an earpiece and speaking into an elaborate telephone with a telescopic extension pointed at the night sky.

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