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Rare Richard Q. Yardley pictorial map of the Eastern Shore, offering a lively image of 9 Maryland Counties and contiguous regions.

The map is rendered in Yardley's distinct style, showcasing an image of a colonial gentleman and a lady in a hoop skirt, accompanied by the caption, “Courtly old world manners still obtain.” It highlights place names, significant historical sites, and events, and is adorned with a decorative compass rose beneath the title.  The map is filled with local humor and caricatures of the region, including:

  • Kitty Knight routing the Royal Navey in Kent County
  • The Kentish Tea Party
  • Lovely Farms and Farmers' Daughters
  • a Nanticoke Indian Stalking a Terrapin 
  • Annual Hard Crab Darby
  • and a host of other clever bits

Richard Q. "Moco" Yardley (1903-1979) served as the prominent cartoonist for the Baltimore Morning Sun for an extended period. To entice new readers, the Sun papers presented these maps during a complimentary subscription phase.  

Condition Description
Tear at the right side, just entering printed image (repaired on verso). Minor marginal staining and toning. Some abrasions and minor loss in the blank margins.
Richard Q. Yardley Biography

Richard Q. Yardley (1903-1979) was an American editorial cartoonist.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 1903, Yardley attended the Friends School and the Maryland Institute. Yardley started as an artist-retoucher in the news department at the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1923 and moved into creating local news and commentary cartoons in 1934 for the Morning Sun.

In the late 1930s, Yardley drew several provacative pictorial maps for the anti-Fascist Ken Magazine.

In 1949 he became the Sun’s editorial cartoonist after Edmund Duffy’s retirement.

From 1961 until 1965 Yardley also drew the daily comic strip panel, Our Ancestors which was syndicated by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. In addition to these works, his cartoons appeared in the New Yorker and theReporter. Yardley was a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and the National Press Club.

Richard Q. Yardley retired in 1972 and died on November 25, 1979.

The Richard Q. Yardley Cartoons collection at Syracuse University consists of 43 original political cartoons and 2 copies of cartoons. Twelve cartoons are dated and 31 cartoons are undated. One of the cartoons is signed, "W. Hogarth Yardley" and it is unknown if this cartoon was drawn by Richard Q. Yardley. Satire and sarcasm were regularly used elements in Yardley’s cartoons.

The cartoons were drawn with ink on illustration board as well as paper with traces of blue pencil visible. The cartoons vary in size.