POLLY KEENER (1946- ) Cotillion. Illustration reproduced in Drolleries!: Celebrating the Art of Polly Keener by Robert (Ted) Keener (San Francisco, CA: Blurb Books, 2014). Mixed media, including colored pencil, pen, and ink on paper. 280x390 mm; 11x15 1/4 inches, on 14x17-inch sheet. Signed "Polly Keener" and dated 1975 in lower right image, with artist's stamp on label taped to verso of backing board. Hinged to thin board; matted and framed.
Polly Keener is the creator of the cartoon strip, "Hamster Alley" and the puzzle/cartoon feature "Mystery Mosaic," both of which are nationally syndicated. This is an example of her "Animal Drolleries" cartoons that parody humans through the clever use of animal characters. Keener also authored the book Cartooning (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1992), which featured a foreword by cartoonist Jim Davis, the creator of "Garfield."