|Albumen print, Cabinet card, early 1890s|
With the photographer's name and studio address printed mount recto, and a period (?) inscription "Homer Davenport" written mount verso.
Homer Davenport (1867 to 1912) was a political cartoonist known for his satirical drawings and support of Progressive Era politics. He began his career in Portland in 1890, and in 1891 began to work for one of the city's papers. Two years later, after time spent in San Francisco and Chicago, he gained the attention of the formidable newpaperman William Randolph Hearst.
The relationship between the two men, "evolved into something remarkable. They were like brothers!" Davenport's work was soon in demand and bringing him a substantial amount of money.
Interestingly, his last assignment was to illustrate the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. He caught pneumonia while waiting on the New York City docks, and died shortly after. Hearst paid for his elaborate funeral and the return of his body to Oregon.