Drayton, Grace Gebbie Wiederseim – American Author & Illustrator

A pair of mixed media on paper paintings of Campbell's Soup Kids by Grace Drayton Wiederseim

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Grace Gebbie Drayton (American, 1877 to 1936), a pen-and-ink drawing for an Easter card featuring the Campbell Kids

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Grace G. Drayton drawings, The Baby Bears and Their Wishing Rings, book illustrations

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Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton drawing, Cute Animals in Various Scenes, Sunday Comic Strip Topper, Kittens

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Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton, (1877 to 1936) Author / illustrator

Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton was known for Fido, Kitty Puss, and other children’s books. She created Toodles and Pussy Pumpkins,” “Dimples,” and “Pussycat Princess,” “Dolly Dingle,” and illustrated many series in magazines. Her “funny babies” were the mainstay of her tremendous popularity, but she is undoubtedly best-known for her Campbell Soup Kids. According to the Dictionary of Women Artists, she is considered to be America’s first woman cartoonist.

Information courtesy of Swann Galleries October 2006

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